Thoughts Shared by: Philip Gill
Date added: 16 Dec 2016
June was born the eldest of three children to Thomas and Lillian Richardson in Knitsley, near Consett, County Durham. June, Marion and Pamela were born into a little country cottage at Knitsley, and as their dad worked in the forestry, they were brought up to appreciate the country lifestyle. After schooling at Delves Lane primary, and Anfield Plain Secondary, June started her working life in Woolworths before commencing her nurses training in Shotley Bridge Hospital, County Durham. It was during this time that June became good friends with her “nursing buddy” Mary. Mary happened to know a young man named Matt Gill who she had grown up with locally and was now serving in the Royal Australian Air Force, and looking for a pen-friend. After some correspondence, when Matt returned home on leave, Mary organised a meeting between them which eventually led to their marriage on 26th June 1954. Following a short honeymoon in Holyhead Matt had to return to Malta to finish his time in the Forces leaving his young bride behind. Once demobbed Matt and June set up home in a cottage not far from where she’d been brought up in Knitsley; in October 1955 Carol came along, and in July 1958 Philip. Although country life was simple with water from a well, tin baths, and paraffin lamps after the generators were switched off for the evening, the family remember fondly Grandad Richardson visiting on his bike, and their walks down the local woods with him, and reckon that their love of the outdoors stems from these happy times. June returned to nursing once Phil started school, and in 1962 the family moved to nearby Consett and bought their first house in Constance Street, however, with the writing on the wall for the local steelworks Matt retrained as a nurse, and once qualified, Matt and June responded to an advert for nursing posts in Ashludie Hospital, Monifieth. Having been successful in the interviews the family relocated to Monifieth in July 1970 and spent the first couple of years in Nursing Housing beside the hospital. Anxious to own their own property once more they moved into a brand new house in Strachan Avenue, Gotterstone in 1973 and have lived there ever since. Sometime later Marion, June’s sister, also moved up to start nursing in Ashludie and on days off would stay with the family in Gotterstone, and was great company for June. Prior to moving to Scotland Matt and June had enjoyed holidaying with the family in Edinburgh and Fife and this continued throughout her working life with holidays both at home in Scotland and abroad. June found great satisfaction in the geriatric nursing that Ashludie offered and through her hard work and dedication was promoted to nursing sister, remaining at Ashludie until her retirement some 30 years ago. Matt also retired shortly thereafter. Their retirement was enriched by their grandchildren, Matthew, Layla, Cheryl, Danial and sadly, for only a short time, baby Laura. The two enjoyed touring Scotland and visiting their timeshare apartments in Aviemore and Loch Rannoch with the grandchildren. Closer to home they enjoyed going out for bar lunches and for coffee, and Vissochi’s in Broughty Ferry was a firm favourite. A wonderful knitter, June’s hand knitted jumpers were supplied for the children and the grandchildren; as well as baby clothes as the family grew. Like her own mother she was also a great baker with her fantastic chocolate birthday cakes a firm favourite with all the family! June was a great music lover all her days enjoying all types of music, however the Dutch violinist and composer Andre’ Rieu became her firm favourite in later years. An avid TV watcher Doctors and Emmerdale were compulsive viewing! She was very proud of the great-grandchildren: Logan, Scout, and Jamie, and enjoyed nothing better than family get-togethers, the last one being for Logan’s birthday in September, when although obviously quite ill, she insisted on attending. She never forgot to send cards on birthdays, and even remembered to send birthday cards and presents to neighbours’ grandchildren, sending the family out when she was unwell to bring them in for her to sign. Neighbour Sheena was a good friend, and they enjoyed nothing better than a good natter over a glass of Bailey’s. Matt and June both loved their garden at home with June providing for the best fed birds in Gotterstone. June was a very easy going, gentle, generous soul, who had a strong faith, and, until overtaken by ill health, her and Matt were regular attendees at her local church and also regulars at any social evenings the parish was having. Like many mothers she always put other people before herself, and cared diligently for Matt over the years that he’s been unwell. A caring wife, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother she will be sorely missed by all who knew her.