Obituary: Mrs Gwendoline Amelia Vincent

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Mrs Gwendoline Amelia Vincent, of Catherine Dally House, Melton Mowbray, has died. She was 89.

She was born in Stanmore, Middlesex, during the First World War, the only child of Martha and Herbert Hillier.

Her parents were both in service and she had a fairly lonely childhood.

The family later moved to Devonshire Mews, near Harley Street, London. She attended Marylebone High School for girls, where she developed a love of gymnastics, eventually giving displays on parallel bars and rings, and she also learned to play tennis.

She met her future husband Arthur in Regents Park and he broadened her love of sport with rowing on the Serpentine.

After a few years the family moved to Putney and her first job was as an accounts clerk in a fashionable milliners shop.

In 1936 she joined Arthur in the city at Lloyds. They were very involved with Lloyds’ sports and social clubs, between them playing cricket, tennis, cycling, walking and rowing.

Shortly after the outbreak of the Second World War Arthur volunteered for the Royal Air Force. The couple were married in Eastbourne, where her parents lived.

Her husband returned from flying training in Canada and they lived together in Duxford, where he was stationed.

The marriage did not survive the stresses and separations of war and at the end of the war, after renting a house in Horley, Surrey, Mr Vincent briefly returned before leaving for good. Mrs Vincent and their son Richard continued to live there, first with her father until his death and then with her mother.

Mrs Vincent worked at the Grosvenor Hotel in London as an accounts clerk until leaving to work locally in Horley as manageress in Flynns cleaners. She later worked in accounts at a large garage and finally in the accounts department of a large, local printing company until she retired.

Holidays were always an important feature of her life, taken with her son, mother and maiden aunt. Later she went on several coach package holidays to the continent.

Pets featured strongly throughout her life, she was never without a dog and in later years, also a cat.

The onset of Alzheimer’s caused various problems to her living alone and in 1994 she moved into a flat in Buckminster, where she remained until going in to care at Catherine Dalley House in 2008.

The funeral service was held at Grantham Crematorium Chapel, conducted by Robert Holland.

Family mourners included: Richard Vincent, Penny Vincent, Ian and Julie Vincent, Jacky Vincent, Alison Cooper, Christian Sloane, Ben Cooper, Alex Cooper, and Charles Vincent.

Other mourners included: Joyce and Richard Gerrarrd, Denise Reed, Alan and Janet Hart, Josephine McLean (Catherine Dalley House), Linda Sadler (Catherine Dalley House), Robert Exton, Edna Parkin, Betty Neal, Mrs M. Thomas, Stuart Mogg, Michael and Elaine Exton, Ann Wild, Rowland Elamore, Jennie Garrett, and John Garrett.

Funeral arrangements were by Robert Holland, St Catherine’s Road, Grantham.