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SWEETHEART: Bushey community mourns loss of ‘really special’ lollipop lady

 Published on: 19th January 2024   |   By: Annabel Stock   |   Category: Uncategorized

A beloved local lollipop lady who was a stalwart of the Bushey community and a confidante to generations of pupils has passed away.

Carole Remmington, who worked at Bushey Manor Junior School for more than 20 years, died on New Year’s Day, aged 76.

Following the announcement, social media was flooded with glowing tributes to Carole, describing her as “one of the kindest people I’ve ever known”, “a star” and “a beautiful lady, very much loved by all the community”.

Carole enjoyed a long and close association with Bushey Manor Junior School, where she worked as the site manager from 1990 until her retirement in 2010.

Keen to serve the community even in retirement, Carole returned to the school in 2017 as their school crossing patrol officer, otherwise known as their resident lollipop lady.

Speaking to BUSHEYnews, headteacher of Bushey Manor Junior School Mary-Ann Cooper said that Carole, a long-time Bushey resident, was rooted in the local community and highly diligent in her work.

She said: “Carole always went above and beyond in every way. She was never absent and always had a friendly word and a bright smile for everyone.”

More than keeping children safe on the road, Carole cared for the wellbeing of the school’s pupils.

Mary-Ann added: “Carole had so much wisdom and great instincts and insight. When a child was sad, they would often share their troubles with Carole first before going to a teacher.

“It’s hard to put into words how amazing she was. She always had a way of putting a positive spin on something.

“It’s quite common for people to wax lyrical about someone once they have died, but we were all saying these things about Carole while she was alive. I’m confident she knew how loved she was. She was a really special person.”

Carole passed away on January 1 following a cancer diagnosis in October. Carole, who was born on Boxing Day, had been determined to enjoy one final Christmas with her family, and celebrated her 76th birthday shortly before her death.

Carole leaves behind her husband Allen, two sons and four grandchildren. Prior to working at the school, Carole worked for Transport for London, which is where she met her husband.

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