Tribute Today To Popular Islander

The Methodist Chapel, St Mary's

Dozens of islanders are expected to pay their respects to a popular islander at the Methodist church this afternoon.

Shirley Smith died suddenly just over a week ago.

Shirley spent her first years in Mousehole and moved to the islands in 1955 when her father remarried and opened Sandy Nook Guest house on Thoroughfare.

Shirley met her husband Smudge in 1956 when he was on the RAF launches and the couple married a month after meeting. After moving around the country because of Smudge’s  postings, the couple returned to the islands with their young son Tony and Smudge started working in radio and television set servicing. That shop was sold to Roger Banfield with whom Shirley continued to work for 34 years until her retirement.

Shirley gained much pleasure from her work with St Mary’s Theatre Club and was a member for half a century and treasurer for over 40 years. At the opening of last Wednesday’s summer play, cast and audience observed a minute’s silence as a mark of respect to a much loved member of the club.

Shirley was also the founder chairman of the Ladies Circle and a committee member for the St John Ambulance volunteers.

The service will be led by the Reverend Charlie Gibbs today in the church where Smudge  and Shirley were married. They were the first couple on the register as the minister was the first to be ordained to take a wedding service.

The family is asking for donations for Help for Heroes, a cause that Shirley felt passionately about because of her husband’s, son’s and grandson’s connection with the Forces.