This column is for someone very special who left us earlier this year. To one man she was a wife, to two a mother, to four a grandmother and to others a colleague and friend. She made an impact on me the moment we first met (she was already well into her seventies) when she told me she spent a day or two a week “looking after the old people” at the local day centre.

That should tell you everything you need to know about Joyce Hissey: a good woman who lived a good life. She had just celebrated her 85th birthday in May when it was as if she simply decided it was time to go. And that’s what she ...


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