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Post  Hinch on Fri Feb 22, 2013 9:05 am

One of our members and a close personal friend, Cllr Ann Metcalfe died this morning after a short illness.

I will write a tribute later. RIP.
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Post  Jeanie on Fri Feb 22, 2013 9:55 am

Just so very sad Ann was such a lovely person and special friend.
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Post  Poppyanna555 on Fri Feb 22, 2013 10:29 am

Sad news, I didn't know Anne personally but am aware of her Scout Moor fight in particular, RIP Anne. Sad
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Post  mary ann on Fri Feb 22, 2013 10:39 am

Such sad news. She was a lovely person who will be sadly missed. R I P Ann

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Post  past it on Fri Feb 22, 2013 10:40 am

What dreadful news. I had not realised Ann was so ill. She was a lovely lady and an excellent councillor. A tragic loss.

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Post  Chill37 on Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:03 am

Im truly shocked. I met her a couple of times and she was a lovely warm person.

Such sad news.

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Post  Hinch on Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:06 am

I have written a piece for Rochdale Online who are preparing a tribute on her. It shoulds be online later today.

She became suddenly and unexpectedly ill just before Christmas. We used to talk and email every week and I often called in for coffee and Jaffa cakes on my way home from work.. I feel her loss very deeply.

Sorry Ann, I know you tried several times to get me to go to Masonic dinners but that was several steps too far for this former trade union activist!
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Post  Spartacus on Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:32 am

Sad news indeed.

I never met Ann in person but I admired her.

Deepest sympathies, Hinch.

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Post  Hinch on Fri Feb 22, 2013 12:06 pm

A piece I would rather not have had to write says Hinch with tears rolling down cheeks.

Crying or Very sad
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Post  Heywoodpp on Fri Feb 22, 2013 12:10 pm

Beautiful words, Hinch.

I am deeply saddened by Ann's death. So many of us thought and hoped that her determination would get her through the treatment to at least a good many more years. May she rest in peace.
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Post  Hinch on Fri Feb 22, 2013 12:14 pm

I should also pay tribute to Fr. Paul Daly, another good friend of Ann's who gave very valued support to Ann during her final illness as she told me in our last conversation two weeks ago.
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Post  Dalelad on Fri Feb 22, 2013 12:51 pm

What awful news. My thoughts are with Ann's family and friends.
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Post  johnb on Fri Feb 22, 2013 2:13 pm

So sad, a great loss. My deepest condolences to her family and friends.
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Post  teamplayer2 on Fri Feb 22, 2013 4:35 pm

So sad to have seen this. RIP Ann.
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Post  southernbelle on Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:00 pm

A "gentleman" of a lady. RIP.
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Post  nickih on Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:14 pm

So sad. I only met Ann once and she was very warm and friendly.
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Post  Guest on Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:27 pm

A real lady, a fine councillor, a sad loss.

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Post  Hinch on Wed Mar 13, 2013 11:34 am

Ann will be 'coming home' to Rochdale Town Hall at 2pm today to lie in state overnight prior to her interment at Rough Lea Farm tomorrow.
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Post  Jeanie on Wed Mar 13, 2013 12:40 pm

Hinch wrote:Ann will be 'coming home' to Rochdale Town Hall at 2pm today to lie in state overnight prior to her interment at Rough Lea Farm tomorrow.


Ann was brought to the Town Hall today escorted by the Mayor then taken home for her funeral tomorrow it was so upsetting yet lovely,a very fitting tribute to a very special Lady.
God Bless and Rest in Peace Ann a very Dear friend so loved and so very sadly missed xxx.


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Post  Hinch on Thu Mar 14, 2013 5:47 pm

A lovely funeral. 250-300 there. Forum members; past and present included me, Heywoodpp, Jeanie, Ian Duckworth, Greg Couzens, Angela Coric (Angie Baby). Ann was laid to rest on her farm in a wicker casket.

Full report on RO later.

Sleep well old friend. Sorry about the Masons.
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Post  Hinch on Thu Mar 14, 2013 6:22 pm

Have to take my titfer off to HPP, he conducted a brill service in the teeth of a biting snow flurry. He really gave a moving and witty tribute.

Never thought I'd see an RC priest swinging the incense-thingie and Holy water round at Rough Lea.
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Post  Jeanie on Thu Mar 14, 2013 8:25 pm

Hinch wrote:Have to take my titfer off to HPP, he conducted a brill service in the teeth of a biting snow flurry. He really gave a moving and witty tribute.

Never thought I'd see an RC priest swinging the incense-thingie and Holy water round at Rough Lea.

Ann had a brilliant turn out and deeply moving service full of humour and sentiments of her life. It was bitterly cold though thought we were going to get snowed in at one point Wink
Heywood pp gave Ann a truly lovely service as you so rightly say Hinch.
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Post  Heywoodpp on Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:10 pm

Most of the credit has to go to Ann. She knew exactly what she wanted and, although she made it clear that she hoped not to have to call on my services for a while longer, she still wanted to make plans. And her daughters and Alan knew her so well that they filled in any gaps.

One I wanted to say but didn't manage to fit in were about the way that, whenever I met her, as I came away, the day was somehow brighter and I felt better in myself.

I nearly blew myself up on the way back however. The still hot thurible (incense thingy) was in a metal bowl on the passenger seat floor of the car. As I drove down the narrow and winding Ashworth Rd I noticed a funny smell and looked down to see the cardboard cover of the large box of matches sitting underneath the thurible and beginning to smoulder. My instinct was to reach down to the well of the passenger seat which nearly sent me through the very fence that Ann had fought to get replaced!
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Post  Charly on Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:15 pm

Heywoodpp wrote:
I nearly blew myself up on the way back however. The still hot thurible (incense thingy) was in a metal bowl on the passenger seat floor of the car. As I drove down the narrow and winding Ashworth Rd I noticed a funny smell and looked down to see the cardboard cover of the large box of matches sitting underneath the thurible and beginning to smoulder. My instinct was to reach down to the well of the passenger seat which nearly sent me through the very fence that Ann had fought to get replaced!

You sure you said everything in the way Ann wanted?
It might have been her way of telling you something, she had a good sense of humour Very Happy
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