Wansteadium is very sorry to hear of the tragic death of true Wanstead character Jill Stock, who died in a road traffic collision at the end of last month. An inquest into her death is being held.
Jill was one of the most community-minded people we have ever come across. A regular commenter on these pages (always reasonable and constructive), she was one of the area’s coordinators for Neighbourhood Watch, actively running a WhatsApp group through which she encouraged residents to look out for each other and for vulnerable residents. She also made a point of personally getting to know as many people as she could.
She was a nurse for 46 years and used her retirement to the full. Each year she would organise a street party for residents of Cranbourne Avenue and surrounding roads. She so loved Wanstead – where she lived for 44 years – that some years ago she made a collage jigsaw of photos of residents and sites from years gone by, which she would sell at a farmers’ market stall.
Jill’s funeral is to be held at the City of London Crematorium on Monday 24 June at 3.30pm. The dress code will be ‘bright and cheerful’, which was just like Jill. Anyone wishing to make donations is being asked by her family to consider giving to the RNLI, which she supported, and the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, which flew her when injured to hospital in Bristol so she could get the best care.
Jill’s daughter Kate said: “Mum felt passionate about bringing people together so it will be a fitting tribute bringing together her family, friends and the wider community to celebrate her life.”