Service Held For Popular St Martin’s Resident

Steve Daly

A memorial service is being held today for a popular islander whose death will “leave a hole” on St Martin’s, according to her friend and neighbour.

Steve Daly passed away at Treliske hospital on the 1st November, aged 79.

Today, family, friends and islanders who could not attend her mainland funeral will come together to celebrate Steve’s life in a memorial service.

Friend and neighbour, Chris Hensleigh, said Steve had been unwell for some time. Steve, the wife of former Council Chair, Colin Daly, was known for her passion for gardening and horticulture.

After moving to St Martin’s in 1958, Steve moved into the farm two years later. She renovated her home ‘Breakaway’ and became involved in flower farming.

Chris says she has many fond memories of Steve’s endearing eccentricities and her efforts in New Year’s Eve fancy dress stand out.

She was an “intelligent and well read person,” she says.

Steve was quite an entrepreneur too, and operated a holiday let, vegetable shop and a popular café at The Cabin, adjacent to her home, over the years.

Chris will always remember rescuing her friend after her mobility scooter became stuck, just a few hundred meters from her home, but most of all, she says, she’ll remember her smile.

Chris says when Steve was taken to hospital, she told people that she, “just wanted to konk out in the garden one day.”

Steve is survived by a son, two grandchildren and her husband Colin.

Chris says she’s been inundated with calls from people whose lives she touched, including many visitors.

Steve’s memorial service is being held at the Methodist Church on the island at 2pm today.