It is with a very heavy heart that the Town Council heard of the recent death of Ian Murray.

Ian was a very well-liked man whose honest and friendly character left a positive mark on those he met. Ian is already very much missed.

Rich Watts, Vice Chair of Shepton Mallet Chamber of Commerce and friend, remembers Ian as, “a true gent, 100% good guy and dedicated husband and father who will be hugely missed by so many people.

Ian and Jo Murray have worked extremely hard within the town since moving to Shepton Mallet and are well known within the Chamber of Commerce for running 2 businesses; Free Range Business Services and the other being the very successful and popular Collett Park Café, which has been a great addition to the town, alongside bringing up their very young family.

Ian and Jo have worked tirelessly to make the café a community facility for all and have held lots of events, including the very successful “music in the park” events where you would regularly see Ian happily manning the bar whilst Jo dashed around and the children played with friends.

The town and business community have lost a real bright star and our thoughts are with Jo, the children and their families at this very sad time”.

Cllr Garfield Kennedy, Chairman of the Collett Park Management Committee said, “It is with profound sadness that I learnt of the death of Ian Murray, husband to Jo and father to their 3 young children. As Chair of the Collett Park committee, I enjoyed Ian’s company and considered him a tireless champion of the Collett Park Café that Jo had established and managed under lease with the Park Charity. Ian was always supportive of the many events in the park that he and Jo organised for thousands of people to enjoy. His passing so young is a shock to all of us, and our sympathy and condolences go out to Jo, their children, family and friends”.