The late Joyce Veronica Kirton
St. James’s Church in Martin Way, was filled to capacity on Thursday 13th July’17, for the funeral of this 85 year old, Merton Park resident.

Joyce was the widow of the late Walter Kirton, who came to Wimbledon in the early 1950’s from British Guyana. They ,made their home in Haynt Walk, Merton Park and lived their happily for over 50 years. Affectionately known as Joyce the voice to family and friends, she is survived by 3 Sons, Mark, Walter and Trevor and Daughter Bridget and their families; Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren.

A well known figure in the area, she was a generous supporter of the homeless camping on the Embankment following he retirement from the Home and Foreign and Commonwealth Offices.

The Service was conducted by The Reverend Canon Dr James M. Rosenthal and the hymns and music were chosen by Joyce herself some years ago. Members of the family read poems, which they had written dedicated to her, recording their personal feelings towards a dearly loved Mother and Grandmother.

A letter from an old and very close family friend was read to the mourners by the Reverend Rosenthal, recalling Joyce’s contact with Mrs Thatcher during her time in working at the Foreign Office.

'Mrs Thatcher had a soft spot for you, making you a cup of tea one evening when you were caught in the rain on your way to number 10 and insisting on giving you a towel to dry your hair before sending you home in a Government limousine.'

Following the Committal at The North East Surrey Crematorium, the mourners left to a recording of Gracie Fields singing ‘Wish Me Luck, As You Wave Me Goodbye’. A collection in lieu of floral tributes was made in support of the work of St. Catherines Hospice and St. James’s Church.

Article supplied by Trevor Kirton