Dundee Stroke Recovery Club - Obituary

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On 22nd September, 2016 we lost another good friend when Lorna Simpson passed away peacefully. Like others before her she loved coming along to the club meetings. She loved her gardening and it was so sad when she could no longer continue. The one regret I had was when I took her photograph I could never get a smile from her. Margaret laid on a lovely meal at the club to celebrate her 90th birthday with a lovely table cloth along with a special cup and some lovely cakes. The service at the crematorium very much reflected on her life and it was one many will not forget.

In the first 4 months of 2016 we have lost 2 good friends, in February it was George MacDonald a best pal to Gordon who misses him greatly and in April Jean Dyer both had made many friends and loved coming along to the club.  Jean was in her 81st year with a birthday not far away and George in his 76th year. He was a great dancer but I only had seen this demonstrated only once, at the last birthday party celebration.

In May 2014 we lost another good friend in Frank Carswell he was always up for a bit of fun and was great to have a chat too. I never realised he had been a long distance lorry driver and his loss of his license hit him badly having to rely on others. The love for his car and his freedom to go everywhere at a whim, hit him badly. He was in his 96th year and many thought we would see him reach 100, but he will be sadly missed by all at the Club. Hopefully May and Margaret might find the time to return to the Club

Kenneth [Ken] Fraser died on 16th December, 2013 in his 87th year. Ken and Chris  joined the club in April 2009. Ken was a quiet person but always ready to help family and friends. All his working life Ken was a blacksmith and great with his hands.  An active member of the Balgay church so much so both the new and the old ministers joined in the service on 23rd December. Along with the other members Ken enjoyed the talks and outings and he will be greatly missed by the other members. Our thoughts go to Chris and the other family members and we all look forward to seeing Chris back at the club when she feels ready to attend.

Moira Reilly died on 30th April, 2013 in her 88th year having not long celebrated

her 87th birthday in March. Moira joined the club in May 2009 an ex school

teacher many in the club had met her in that vocation or at the church. She enjoyed

the company; talks and the outings, she will be sadly missed and our thoughts go

out to Michael her nephew and the other members of the family.

Wilma Kerr died 21st November, 2012 in her 62nd year having been ill for some

weeks. Wilma was another great character and another loss to the club. On outings

she and Isabel were always trying to see who spotted the Eddie Stobbart truck first,

she clearly had an obsessions on these trucks for years. Both Wilma and husband Jim

joined the club in 2005, but hopefully Jim will return again when he is ready.

Ethel Williams, died 1st June, 2012 in her 82nd year having celebrated her 80th

birthday at the club. Ethel was certainly very outspoken and the club is now a so

much quieter place, but she will be missed having been a club member since 2005.

John Dobson [Pat], died May, 2012 in his 73rd year. Pat as he wished to be known

was a relative new comer having only joind the club in 2010, but nevertheless he

was very enthusiastic about the club and its achievements

George Tadden, died 13th June, 2011 in his 86th year; George joined the club in 2007

and was also involved with the Princess Royal Trust for Carers.

Barrie Yule, husband of our Treasurer Margaret Yule died after a short illness on Tuesday January 11th, 2011. Barry was a great golf and bowls fan and a stallwart member of the Balgay Church where he was an Elder. 

Leslie Woods [Les] : Sadly Les died 8th June, 2010 in his 80th year. Les will always be

remembered for his wry sense of humour and his love for the club, he was a member along with his wife Gratzi for over 5 years.

Angus Stuart : Sadly Angus died on Friday 18th December, 2009 he will always be remembered by many club members for his abiltity to recover in many cases against great odds and his love for shortie. Angus and his wife Isobal were two of the original members who joined when the club was formed in October, 1997.

Despite having suffered seven strokes and TIAs Sheila

loved life always tackling her many and varied interests

with enthusiasm and a dedication second to none.

The saying “If a job is worth doing it is worth doing well”

would sum up Sheila’s attitude to everything in which she

was involved.

Sheila Farquhar Stewart died peacefully on 29th May,

2009 aged 67. She is survived by her husband Bill,

daughters Lesley and Gillian and their husbands Jim

and Andy and granddaughters Fiona and Caitlin.

Sheila was educated locally in Dundee andworked in the

retail trade with DECS for much of her life.

Sheila Stewart

1941 - 2009

As a member of the Whitehall Theatre Club for 18 years you would find her

working voluntarily in "front of house" on a regular basis. Her spread of interests

included Tia Chi, floral art and she was a regular churchgoer. As a dancer all

her life she was accomplished at Scottish Country, Old Time, Line and Belly

dancing and was never happier when taking to the floor.

In 1997 Sheila became a founder member of Dundee Stroke Recovery Club and

in 2002 she became the club chairwoman where her skills as a caring person shone brightly. She treated all members equally, whether of long standing or new, and she reaped her reward when she saw members regain their confidence after suffering a stroke. 

A few months before her death Sheila was rewarded for her tireless

dedication when she was made an Honorary Vice President of the club.

Sheila will be sadly missed by her family and all who had the privilege to share her

life in any small way.

Christine Blyth

18th December, 2009