Devon in Sight said farewell to former vice-chairman of trustees Elizabeth Hubbick, who died suddenly last month.
A humanist funeral service for Elizabeth, 66, was held at the Exeter Crematorium on Thursday, October 17.
Elizabeth, who had been vice-chairman for only 12 months, had been due to be elected chairman at our annual meeting, which was held the previous day in Exmouth.
We were represented at the service by Operations Manager Grahame Flynn, vice-chairman of trustees Dr Alma Swan, and former chairman Gwyn Dickinson MBE.
Grahame said: “We were all devastated to learn of the death of Elizabeth while she was on holiday with her husband in Italy.
“In her brief time with us Elizabeth had made a real difference to our work and was an inspiration to the staff and volunteers. Her time with us was all too short, but it will not be forgotten.
“At the service Elizabeth’s husband David gave a very powerful insight into their lives together and how they had supported each other’s careers.
“There were several revelations about Elizabeth’s childhood. Her younger sister Shahan Cove recalled how Elizabeth had taught her to ride a bike, but had omitted to tell her how to stop. So off Shahan went on her first ride, then discovered the hard way what brakes should be used for.
“Realising the error of her ways, Elizabeth, like any big sister should, promptly ran off to find their mother.”
Elizabeth, from Topsham, will be sadly missed not only by everyone at Devon in Sight, but also by many other groups in Topsham she was closely associated with.