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FAREWELL: Man from Rickmansworth offers heartfelt tribute to cherished wife

 Published on: 27th April 2024   |   By: Sophia Sheera   |   Category: Uncategorized

A woman who will be keenly remembered for her part in the local boating community and Phoenix Morris dancing has passed away after a long battle with a serious disease.

Sue Stimpson died at Watford General Hospital on March 31, with doting husband Michael on her one side and the couple’s daughter, Emily, on the other.

Sue’s husband, Michael, shared the couple’s love-story with CroxleyNews. The pair met by chance before one of Sue’s shifts as a Neonatal Nurse at University College Hospital, London; and Mike suggested that they meet for breakfast at 8am after Sue’s shift ended.

The couple then lived in Rickmansworth for 48 years, with 11 of those years onboard their boat Spirit and much of their spare time spent running Phoenix Morris.

Mike said: “Sue and I were almost joined at the hip – I set up a business in Rickmansworth and we worked together and we both enjoyed each other’s hobbies – except Sue never quite took to railway modelling.

“Our holidays were many and varied. Trips on Spirit to various parts of the canal system, often determined by the location of the National Waterways Festival that year. We always used to drive so that we could bring things back – we used to bring back our Shogun packed to the top of the boot with draft wine and my pipe tobacco.”

Since Sue’s death, friends from the Waterways and Phoenix Morris have sent messages of condolence, and Michael even received a hand-written letter from his MP.

“Sue and I spent a wonderful 49 years together and had so much fun in each other’s company,” said Mike. “My life is now as empty as our house when I come home.”

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