28th May 1970 – 18th September 2020
As you may know it was dear Di’s funeral this morning (30th September 2020). Under a grey sky and rain in the pretty village of Kentisbeare, Di’s service took place in the beautiful church in the centre of the village.
Around 20 Age UK Somerset staff and Ageing Well volunteers were there, outside the church, wearing our bright AUKS t-shirts, between two large pennants proudly proclaiming ‘Age UK Somerset’. And how fitting because no one championed Age UK Somerset more than Di.
We, who attended, represented all our staff and volunteers. Because in normal times we all would have gone to pay our respects to a remarkable woman.
The service was for only 30, as per Government guidelines, and so after silently watching the lone piper pipe the coffin into the church, and after a spontaneous round of applause, we said a silent ‘farewell’ to our amazing colleague.
During the time that Di was at home I told her about my plan to introduce an annual ‘Di Ramsay Award’. She laughed. But Keith, her husband, told me she was flattered and a little bit proud. She was remarkable and we will ensure her legacy lives on. New volunteers and new members of staff will be told about Di. It is the very least we can do. But that is for later. Now is the time to think of happier times with Di and, if it is your wish, say a silent prayer for her tonight as you raise a glass to someone we were very privileged to call a colleague.
Chief Executive, Age UK Somerset
Full tribute to follow.