Much-loved warden loses cancer battle

Maureen Reynolds
Maureen Reynolds

A former sheltered accomodation warden has been fondly remembered after losing her battle with cancer aged 68.

Maureen Reynolds, the inaugural warden at Dolphin Court in Amble, died on January 6 at Wansbeck General Hospital.

Starting work at the age of 15, Maureen became a groom for the Tynedale Hunt, because of her love of horses.

After marrying and having her first child she started her nursing career at Prudhoe Hall and when the family moved to Liverpool she worked at Fazakerley General Hospital before moving back to the North East in the 1970s.

Maureen, who lived in Amble, worked at Northgate Hospital in Morpeth before moving to the town’s Cottage Hospital.

And it was her lifetime of nursing that led her to becoming a warden at Dolphin Court.

Maureen took on the role in 1990 and met the Duchess of Kent when the accomodation was oficially opened in 1991.

Family friend Patrick Garrett said: “The residents quickly realised that they were being supervised by a caring, compassionate warden and that they were not just numbers but an extended arm of Maureen’s own family. She was available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“She visited every resident on a daily basis, helping them physically, mentally and financially, listening to their problems and caring for them during illness.”

Maureen was known for arranging events, bus trips, parties and more and even after retiring due to ill-health in 2010 she continued to visit residents whenever she could.

“Her larger-than-life personality filled the centre with fun and laughter and her organisational skills knew no bounds,” Mr Garrett said.

And he added that Christmas was her favourite time with decorations, presents and fancy dress as well as parties being organised and enjoyed.

Maureen joined the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation in 2012 and after her death her family asked for donations to the charity in lieu of flowers with £1,300 raised so far.

Mr Garrett added: “Maureen knew everyone in Amble and will be sadly missed. She had a smile and a joke for all and never once complained about her own private battle.

“Her family should be proud of this extraordinary woman and know that if there is a God in heaven then she is surely there looking down on them.”