Obituary: Katharine Cliff

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Katharine Cliff

KATHARINE (Anne) Cliff, of Newtown Road, Uppingham, well-known resident and much loved and highly respected teacher, died unexpectedly at Peterborough City Hospital, aged 65.

She was born in Stamford the eldest of four daughters and was educated at Stamford High School, leaving in 1963.

Her first job was on Garden News at the Stamford Mercury and later she worked at C & G Concrete in Stamford.

Anne had known Robert Cliff since the time her family lived in Lyddington.

They were married on August 7, 1965, in Stamford and moved to Uppingham. At this point Anne worked in the offices of Arnold Wills.

Their elder son, Tony, was born in 1966 and their younger son David in 1968.

Her urge to care for and teach young people led her to become a classroom assistant at Leighfield Primary School.

Anne did voluntary work at the King’s Mill children’s centre in Stamford and was Arkela for the Cubs group in Uppingham.

She did her teaching training at the Nene College in Corby, taught at Fosse Infants School, Leicester for a number of years, then moved to Cottesmore Primary School on the RAF base, where she taught until her retirement.

She rose to become deputy head, then acting head, and was also a teacher governor there.

Since her retirement in 2004, Anne filled her time with every possible occupation. She ran the Burghley Race for Life in 2005 and 2006 for Cancer Research.

She was a member of Oakham Decorative and Fine Arts Society and this year took on responsibility for Rutland Schools Young Arts exhibition at Catmose College, which was a great success.

She belonged to Rutland Flower Club, enjoyed painting and she and her husband played golf regularly at Luffenham Heath Golf Club, where she was match and competitions secretary.

The celebration for her life took place at St Peter and St Pau’s Church, Uppingham.

Bereaved are her husband, two sons and grandchildren, Charlie, Sam, Ellie, Ollie and Billy, as well as wider family and many friends.

Family mourners included: Robert Cliff (widower), Mr and Mrs Tony Cliff, Charlie and Ellie Cliff, Mr and Mrs David Cliff, Sam, Ollie and Billy Cliff, Mr and Mrs Derrick Bell, Mr Matthew Bell, Mr and Mrs Graeme Massey, Misses Rachel and Rebecca Massey, Mr Andy Robinson, Mr and Mrs Tony Critchard, Nancy Jones (representing Barbara Smith and family), Clare Jones, Nelson Jones, Chris Bowles (Andrew and Sam Bowles), Lt Col and Mrs Mike Chambers (Susie Budden and family), Mr and Mrs Barry Nicholls (family), Mr and Mrs Mark Nicholls (Matthew and Samantha Nicholls), Mr and Mrs Michael Browett, Dawn Pringle, Mr and Mrs Paul Bingham, Sarah and Ben Matthews, Mr and Mrs Ian Back (family), Mr and Mrs Iain Howie, Alaistair Howie and Lorraine Mead (Lance Mead, Roz Howie, Karen and Richard Baines), Mr and Mrs John Allman, Mr and Mrs Mike Vecqueray, Janet Vecqueray.

Sympathisers included: Anne Donnelly (Brooks), Helen Swift (Andrew Swift), Anne Gamston (Eric and Marcelle Gamston), Jim and Lesley Archer, Lewis and Wendy Lee (Kevin and Melanie Lee), Jo Milborne (Oundle and Kettering Osteopaths), David Brown, Roger Green, Ann Green, Gill and Jim Macduff (Joanne, Claire and Gwen Wilcox), Joanna and Geoff Kirk (Deborah Laverick), Mr and Mrs Peter Harbot, Mr and Mrs W Ferrier (Mrs V Hemsley), David Waterfall, Jan Bond, Barbara Clemence (Lyn Cooper), Anne and Paul Logue (family), Val Hems (Peter and Tim), Rev John and Mrs Mirelle Portlock, Kate Green (Steve, Matthew, James and Lucy Hollingworth), Chris Cassady (Charlotte and Tom), Shaun and Catherine Brogan (Piers and Jill, Dominic, Antonia and Max, Simon and Teresa, Rory, Owen and Hamish), Tim Stephens (Luffenham Heath Golf Club), Trevor and Joan Baker (Barbara Grace), Janette Wilson, Clare Ellis (Carol and Brian Baker), Mark and Anne Taylor (Corry and Amy Cavell-Taylor, Liz and Gavin Simpson), Tony and Annie Hill, Neil and Jan Newton, Jane Bews (Mr and Mrs Edward Baines, Roger Hyde, Cottesmore Primary School Governors), Muriel and Ian Horspool (family, Jerry and Vanessa Rudman), John Cartwright (Carolyn Cartwright), Mrs J Halford, Barbara Camp (Richard Camp, Terry Kilmartin), Alison Dumford (Jamie and Daniel Dumford, Norma Toon and family), Michael Hay, Ian Burnett (family), Wendy Greenlees, Janet Ridley (George Ridley), Jenny Maddocks, Eric and Kim Duckworth, Julia Hodsol (Anne Eley), Vivien Powell, Julie and Marcia Toms, Elspeth and Robert Irvine, Moyra Slade, Jan and John Williams (Rachel Williams), Mary Holmes, Mr and Mrs Chris Thomas, Roger and Janet Taylor, Mrs Jo McCullough (family), Andrew Holmes (City Plumbing), Maggie Noton (family), Rachel Waterhouse (Frances Nishihara, Tina Sandall), Ann Watts, Jean Gill (Mervyn Gill, Steven Gill), Carol Jamison (Garry Jamison), Liz Smith, Mr and Mrs C Thorpe, Charlie and Sue Scott and boys (Anne Scott, Jane Brant and girls), David and Pauline Clanchy, Jenny and David Holloway, Matt Brown, David and Diane Lewin, Chris and Sue Wood, Mick and Sue Higgins (W H Higgins and Sons), Helen Case, Mrs B Bowler (Sarah and Mark Bowler), Nick and Chris Went, Norma Edwards (D Edwards), Sylvia Moss, Olwen Millhouse (David), Liz Macdonald, Trevor Johnson (Luffenham Heath Golf Club seniors, Mr Ken Waudby), John Hall (Barbara Hall, Michael Rowley), Di Johnson, Ann Miskell (Tony, Laura and Stephen), Louise Owen (Mark Owen, Suzanne and Martin Evans), Simon Higgins (Richard Higgins), Shirley Harris (Richard Harris), Mike Martin, Howard and Anne Jones, Victoria Heyman (Richard Heyman), Julia Hall, Peter and Cynthia Jones, Bob Bradberry (Jo Bradberry), Joanne Kippen, Nina Kellet (Cottesmore Primary School), Diane and Colin Streatfield, Leslie Thistleton, Beryl Birch (Trish Rose), Amanda Green (Michelle Watson, Moore Stephens), Helen Argo (Ken Argo), Penny Reading (Bernard and David Reading), Sally Uttley, Jill Plant, Liza Harley, Jill Greer (Liz Simpson), Tamara Ord (George Ord), Anne Quinn (Jack Quinn, Rutland Friends of Cancer Research UK), Wendy Cooke, Sally Kirby (Brian Kirby), Eddie Hunt, Elaine Boyd, Terry and Margaret Riley, Naomi Quantock, Maddy Smith, Mr and Mrs J Tabram (David, Lizzie and Andrew), Graham Thompson (Luffenham Heath Golf Club seniors), Margaret Sedgwick (Dr Malcolm Sedgwick), Jeannie Astill, Brian and Jenny Welford (Jenny Martin, Luffenham Heath Golf Club), Steve Christian and Marcia and Parris (Ron and Janet Christian), Sharon Milner (Malcolm, Jack and Tom Milner, Brooke Hill Academy), Ian Saunders (Linda Saunders, Janet and Alastair Gray, John and Jenny Gascoyne, Nicky Thorpe, Good Hair Days), Roger Blackmore, Jenny Smith, Liz Odom and Felicity Odom (Rutland County Council), Roger Warren, Clare Arthur, Michael and Maureen Pring, Rosemary Gibson, Helen Minckley (Kim Parkes), Karen Walker, Graham Ingham and Pauline, Brenda Ross, Elizabeth Brett (Brenda Lynch), Lesley Race, Loreley and Dave Casewell, Mr and Mrs Robin Riddington (Mrs Lily Millar), Chris and Carol Richardson, Jane Wright, Sharon and Stuart Green, Mark Gilbert, Barry Nicholls (Uppingham School), Tony and Lorna Law, Malcolm and Michelle Bussey (Ian and Pauline Menzies-Gow), Tim and Olivia Green (Mark Jackson, Toft Golf Club), Martin and Wendy Griffiths (Peter Griffiths, Mary and Trevor Griffiths, Fay Jones), Rosemary Brayshaw, Martin Brayshaw, Moya Turner, Fiona Sharman, Kate Williams and John Haddan (Oakham NADFAS Committee), Sandra Watson (Jerry Watson), Lisa Sharman (Sadie and Keith Goddard, Andrew and Debbie Goddard), Yvonne Gilman (Guy Gilman), Tom and Margaret Theakston, Peter and Jo Diplock (Oakham Decorative and Fine Arts Society, Rutland Flower Club), Jenny and Ian Craven (Giles Smith, Caroline Pugh), Robert Pigott (Dawn Piggott, Heather Cowper (Annette Yates), Mike and Gloria Ambler, Freddie Price, Jane Price, Denise Delt (Julie Emberton), Kay Murmann (Richard), Bob Allen (Rosemary Allen), Vic and Mary Hay (Jill Barrington, Jean Brookes), Lois Oldfield (Robin Lilwall), Thomas Green (Nick Green, Sharon Green, Sally and John Green), Louise Green (Hannah Green, Phil Bendall), Michael and Sheila Chapman (Josie Fruin), John and Karen Charles-Hollis, Linda Hern (Dave Hern), Tony Wilks (Clare), Jill Edmond (Yvonne Waudby, Jennifer Recordon), John Edmond, Jane Young, Min and Norman Tomson, Marion, John, Megan and Joe Clarke, David and Jenny Dryden, Doreen Bilsdon (Stuart Bilsdon, Sheila Culpin, North Luffenham Golf Club), Yvonne and Richard Houlden, Charles Mason (Fred Mason), Paul Bowler, Karen Merick, Wag, Mrs M Crowden, Richard and Carol Gardiner (Thomas and Rachel Gardiner), John and Davina Parsons (Colin and Brian Rutherford), Stephen Turner, Krissy Jones, Enid Stapleford (Margaret Creasey), Sarah Forsyth, Robert and Helen Macleod-Smith (Mrs V Tuffen, Mrs Y Crowther) Ted Read.