June Whyte who has been treasurer for Friends of Ropner Park since its formation in 2002 passed away on Friday 11th. May. She was 84. June was a feisty Scot with strong views and wasn`t slow to voice her opinion on anything she liked, or more importantly what she didn`t approve of.
She was always present at our events, serving hot drinks to the volunteers with a cheeky smile on her face.
She honed her book keeping skills at North Tees Hospital and as well as keeping immaculate books for FoRP she also acted as treasurer for the hospital retirement trust and also a local flower club.
In 2012, the year of her 80th. birthday she was entered in the Catalyst Awards for the “Volunteer of the year”. FoRP members were delighted when she won.
She is seen here with her trophy.
June`s passing leaves a big hole in our organisation. To say that she will be sadly missed is a great understatement. She has contributed so much to our charity that she is irreplaceable.
Her last legacy
June`s sense of fun and humour never left her even in her last few weeks.
The service in St Peter`s Church was well attended and beautifully presented.
Family members and a few of the FoRP committee went to the crematorium for the committal. The formal part was again very serious but after the calm of the service we were shaken out of our solemnity as the introduction to Abba`s “Dancing Queen” came over the speakers and broke the tension. This was June`s reminder to us all. She couldn`t keep her feet still when there was music within earshot.
It is fair to say that the music brought a smile to everyone`s face and a tear to many eyes.
After that masterstroke we will always associate that song with June and her passion for fun and dance.