In Memory

Elizabeth M R McCausland

10 May 1948 - 16 Nov 2023

Elizabeth was a hard working building surveyor and housing manager in community housing, from which she retired in 2015 after 20 years. 

During the 1980's she had been in business with Piers, her husband - renovating houses or converting them into flats, when suitable, which they sold on.

Elizabeth was very interested in conservation of the built environment, especially period properties, which could provide ongoing potential low carbon reinvestment, if sensible redevelopment of existing structures took place. She disliked the wanton destruction of older buildings and the massive waste of resources inherent in their replacement with kneejerk newbuild construction. In short, she was both tactically astute and strategically aware of the way forward for the built environment. 

Elizabeth was a do-er who got on with things. She was extremely efficient and economical. She was interested in other people and their concerns and willing to help sort out difficulties, particularly if it lay within her line of expertise - design, construction and housing management. 

Consequently, Elizabeth was a successful Mayoress of Wandsworth in 2010/11 and again in 2018/9 - years in which Piers was the Mayor of Wandsworth - but especially in the second term, by which time she had retired and had more time to devote to being a Mayoress. 

Elizabeth had been born in Dublin and married Piers in 1970 and they lived together until 16 November 2023, when Elizabeth died following a 30-month struggle against late diagnosis ovarian cancer. 

In her final 10 days Elizabeth came to Trinity Hospice where she was skilfully and respectfully nursed, which she greatly appreciated. Piers could sleep overnight in the same room on a settle bed. 

They had 3 boys and a girl (the youngest, who had died in a car accident during 1993). Elizabeth and Athena now lie side by side at a churchyard in one of the most scenic parts of Ireland at Tamlaghtard, Co Derry, Northern Ireland just below the summit of Binevenagh, a mountain which looks across lough Foyle to Co Donegal and across Magilligan Strand to the North Atlantic and the Scottish Islands of Jura and Islay.

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