A much-loved Radlett resident had her last wish fulfilled as Safer Neighbourhood officers provided a police escort for her funeral procession.
Doreen Beare lived in Radlett for 40 years before she passed away at the age of 101. Her funeral took place on May 23 and was attended by Sergeant Noel Buckley, who first met Doreen Beare when she celebrated her 100th birthday in March last year.
He said: “She told me, ‘If I kick the bucket I want to be like the Queen, escorted by a police car’. She said I needed to promise her, so I did.”
Doreen served in the Artillery Territory Services for five years where she monitored screens in a radar cabin before she went on to work at Lloyds of London insurance. Her coffin featured 101 of her favourite yellow roses, one for each year of her life, whilst the velvet cushion beside the coffin displayed Doreen’s medals for contributions in the Second World War and for her extensive charity work.
Her neighbour Hilary Spanswick said: “I think we can see what a special woman Doreen was by the support she’s had from across the local community.
“We were all touched to see the unique support for the procession as it left Doreen’s bungalow where she had lived for decades.”
Doreen’s daughter Linda said: “It was so wonderful to have everyone’s support to celebrate a long and well lived life.”