VIDEO: Murdered Sheffield organist honoured with plaque

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A plaque has been unveiled in Sheffield in memory of a church organist who was murdered on the way to church.

Alan Greaves, a 68-year-old dad of four, was beaten to death by two thugs as he walked to St Saviour’s Church, High Green, to play the organ last Christmas Eve.

Undated family handout photo issued by South Yorkshire Police of Maureen Greaves, with her husband Alan Greaves. The widow of a church organist who was murdered in a street attack on Christmas Eve has described how she was herself the subject of a violent mugging as she prepared for the trial of her husband's killers.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday August 19, 2013. Lay-preacher and former social worker Alan Greaves, 68, died after he was attacked near his home in the High Green area of Sheffield last year. Jonathan Bowling, 22, was jailed for a minimum of 25 years last month after he admitted murdering the devout Christian and another 22-year-old, Ashley Foster, was found guilty of Mr Greaves' manslaughter and jailed for nine years. See PA story POLICE Mass. Photo credit should read: South Yorkshire Police/PA Wire''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts men

Undated family handout photo issued by South Yorkshire Police of Maureen Greaves, with her husband Alan Greaves. The widow of a church organist who was murdered in a street attack on Christmas Eve has described how she was herself the subject of a violent mugging as she prepared for the trial of her husband's killers. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday August 19, 2013. Lay-preacher and former social worker Alan Greaves, 68, died after he was attacked near his home in the High Green area of Sheffield last year. Jonathan Bowling, 22, was jailed for a minimum of 25 years last month after he admitted murdering the devout Christian and another 22-year-old, Ashley Foster, was found guilty of Mr Greaves' manslaughter and jailed for nine years. See PA story POLICE Mass. Photo credit should read: South Yorkshire Police/PA Wire''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts men

A meeting room at Ecclesfield Parish Council has been renamed in his honour and yesterday a plaque was unveiled, watched by his widow Maureen.

Mrs Greaves said she was ‘very proud and very humbled’ by the gesture, which recognises the tireless work her husband, a retired social worker, did in his local community of High Green.

She said: “Alan would have been amazed at the idea of a community room being named after him.

“But I think this is a wonderful act, honouring all that he did for people in High Green.”

Jonathan Bowling, aged 22, of Pitsmoor, admitted murdering Mr Greaves at Sheffield Crown Court and was jailed for life and told he must serve a minimum sentence of 25 years for the brutal killing.

Ashley Foster, also 22, from High Green, was sentenced to nine years for manslaughter in July.

■ Readers of The Star are being urged to donate food, clothes and household goods to Alan’s Appeal at our offices in York Street, in Sheffield city centre.

Donations will go to the food bank which was set up by Mr and Mrs Greaves three weeks before his death.

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