Popular matron of Bourne House Hostel dies

Pat Schmid
Pat Schmid
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A former Bourne matron well-known in the town has died in Spain.

Mrs Pat Schmid, former matron of Bourne House Hostel in West Street, has died in Spain at the age of 83.

She ran the hostel for almost 30 years during which time she cared for more than 200 children, boys and girls who had been separated from their families for various reasons.

Mrs Schmid was appointed in 1957 and remained until the hostel closed in 1985 when she and her husband retired to live at Torrevieja, 

But the bonds they established with some of the children were never broken and many remained in touch over the years.

She died following a heart attack on Tuesday last week and the funeral was held on Saturday.

Mrs Schmid is survived by her husband, Lou, now aged 87, who plans to remain in Spain, and their daughter, Mrs Pauline Freer, who lives at Merstham, 

Bourne historian Rex Needle said Mrs Schmid was well-known and respected in the town and had led an interesting