'Well-liked' colleague mourned

SALLY KIDSON
Last updated 13:00 15/05/2012

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A woman found dead in her Richmond flat was well-liked and a pleasure to work with, her manager says.

Sharyn Wilkinson-Foley, 39, was found by family members on Thursday evening at her Salisbury Rd flat. She had not turned up for her shift at the Enzafoods factory in Stoke and workmates there alerted her family.

A 55-year-old Nelson man appeared briefly in Blenheim District Court charged with her murder yesterday. He was arrested in Picton on Sunday.

He was remanded in custody to appear in Nelson District Court on June 8.

Ms Wilkinson-Foley was originally from Murchison and was the area's A and P show's secretary for a number of years.

A and P Association former president Dallas Kinzett said she had been a good friend and she had worked well on the committee. "I certainly appreciated her help, and this has been a terrible shock."

Ms Wilkinson-Foley still has family members in Murchison, but her parents live in Richmond.

Enzafoods concentrates factory manager Clayton McIntyre said Ms Foley had worked for Enzafoods for five years and had quickly proven herself as a capable, proficient and responsible employee.

"Two years ago she was promoted to a 2IC role and was a good performer in the team," Mr McIntyre said. "She was well liked by everyone and a pleasure to work with, but was a very private person. She will be sorely missed by everyone."

Mr McIntyre said staff were informed of Sharyn's death on Friday and offered support.

"As a mark of respect Enzafoods offered to close operations and allow staff to go home, but her colleagues unanimously chose to return to work as that is what Sharyn would have wanted."

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- The Nelson Mail

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