Last week Deborah did a wonderful job of organising the funeral of Connie Smith, her aunt. Making such arrangements is exhausting and emotional. In this case we had the unexpected pleasure of discovering that the Rev Val Corey who used to be at St Mary's in Ealing lived just a couple of streets away from Connie and Alf – a fact we hadn't known before. Val led the funeral.
Connie and Alf met in the 1930s and were married 67 years ago. They moved into a rented house in Cleaveland Road, Surbiton in 1955 where the lived for the remainder of their lives.
Alf died last year in October, Connie died in May 2008. Her funeral was last Thursday the 12th June.