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Farewell to Faith Fewtrell

[<<] [>>] by Simon Tuke
26th February 2007 (Other News)

Faith died on 13th September 2006, after a characteristically courageous battle with Motor Neurone Disease.

Faith was someone who always faced any challenge head-on, and her attitude to her illness was no exception. She refused to indulge in any self-pity or complaint, instead busying herself working with Lord Joffe on his proposed changes to the Right to Die legislation. She visited him in the House of Lords and recorded a video diary that detailed her experiences of MND.

After her husband Bob died very suddenly in May, Faith was left requiring 24 hour support. Fortunately she was able to stay in their lovely home on the Isle of Wight, spending just one night in a hospice. Her son Chris was walking with Faith round her garden the day before she died.

As they had requested, Bob and Faith's ashes were combined. On the 4th October, which would have been their 50th wedding anniversary, half their ashes were scattered upstream of the Folly Inn, Medina Bridge on the Isle of Wight, which was where they first met. The other half were interred in their native New Zealand.

Faith and Bob were two of the most energetic, adventurous and fun people one could ever wish to meet. They were also absolutely devoted to each other. Their friends in the croquet world will remember them with enormous affection.


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