Obituaries: Hilda Sharpe

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The funeral of Hilda Sharpe, 86, of Church Street, Ryhall, took place at Marholm Crematorium, Nicola Dela-Croix officiating.

Daughter of Isaac and 
Gertrude Clipson, she was one of six children – three boys and three girls.

When she was young the family moved from Essendine to Carlby, where Hilda spent most of her formative years, attending Essendine School and Casterton Secondary School.

Her first job was 
delivering newspapers on her bicycle around local villages. During the war she worked at Blackstones, welding aircraft wheels.

From 1950 to 1960 she worked at Allis Chalmers, Essendine, where she met her future husband Jim Sharpe. They were married at St Stephen’s Church, Carlby on April 2, 1960.

On discovering it was for sale, Jim bought the home in Ryhall he had been born in, and this became the family home. Their son Baron was born in 1961, followed by daughter Melanie in 1965.

Hilda worked hard, running the home and looking after the children, as well as the animals Jim collected over the years. And she was always baking, especially cakes, pies and tarts, in fact, a few days before she died Hilda made a fruit cake.

When the children were at school she worked part-time, including washing up at Stan’s Fish and Chip shop and one day a week at Luckins during the mid 1970s, where she became one of the Wednesday ladies.

Her daughter, Mel, later joined her working in the collating room during school holidays and they would both cycle to Stamford together.

Family holidays included trips to Cornwall, Norfolk and Pembrokeshire, staying in caravans. These would usually involve long journeys with all the family squashed together in a Morris Minor.

Whatever the weather, they always had a good time and many happy memories were made during these holidays.

When she was younger Hilda loved dancing, attending local dances during the war and later Saturday night Labour Club dances. She loved her garden and was an enthusiastic, dedicated feeder of birds.

She also enjoyed ice-cream and Gino the ice cream man will miss the little routine he and Hilda had, where she would signal from the door and he would take the ice-cream to her.

She also liked to help out at village jumble sales and was a regular shopper on Fridays, Stamford Market day.

Hilda was devastated when Jim died last year, as were all his family and friends, but with the love and support of those friends and family, and together with her own strength and determination, Hilda was able to pick herself up and turn to life again, living it to the full for as long as she was able.

Only a few days before she died she was whizzing around Ryhall Church fete on her mobility scooter, with daughter Mel running to keep up with her, full of life and chatting to everyone.

Strong, determined, outgoing, Hilda had many friends and acquaintances, and will be missed by many.

Family mourners included: Baron Sharpe, Pat Sharpe, Melanie Sharpe, Eddie Stringer, Teri Sharpe, Richard Sanders (representing Ciaron and Euan Sanders), Julie Grzona and Soren (David and family), Stacey Stringer, Matthew Branson, Whitney Stringer, Jordy Houghton, Joy Brown (Jennifer, Richard, Adam, Sarah and boys), Lindsay Hudson (John, Neil, Terry and Erica), Marilyn Gray (Simone and Cody), Paul, Sharon and Eloise Sharpe, Mr and Mrs N Clipson, Brian Sharpe, Jeff Sharpe, Elizabeth Walters, Colin and Sue Howard, Cheryl Hare (Tracy and Martin, Emma, Ashley), Jeanette and David Wynne, John and Ann Sharpe, Marilyn and John Saggers, Julia Kime, Peter Sharpe (Joe and Betty Sharpe), Helen Davey (Katherine and Matthew Davey), Caroline Wynne (Martin Wynne), George and Richard Harris (Robin Harris), Trevor and Carol Sharpe.

Sympathisers included: Sue Jones, Barbara Jones, Stan and Mary Gale, Sharon Scotney, Tony and Mary Martin, Shirley Cross (Roy), Christine Leigh (Tim, Tom, Craig, Thelma, Ruth), June Roberts (Paul, Lewis, Trish), Janet Williams (Betty Edwards), Justin Taylor, Diane Richards, Marie and Clive Fortnum (Mrs B Farmery), Frederick and Richard Fussell (Peter Fussell), Wendy Burkitt (Brian Burkitt), Sandy Ellis (David Ellis, Ryhall branch Royal British Legion), Tracy Whiteside and Pauline James (Scott Whiteside), Passy and Franco (Genovese and Dirienzo families), Mick Phillips (Tracey Jibb and families), Marilyn Woodbridge (Iris Lowe), Roger Woodbridge, Nicky Gibson (Julie and Mark Wade), John Gibson (Barrie Gibson), Martin and Ann Virgin.