Jean Woodcock

 

 Jean Woodcock

Jean died in South Africa on 9th December 2013 at the age of 88 after a long illness. She came to the School as Sanatorium Sister in January 1977 and retired in September 1984, then continuing for a while as the Relief Sister. She loved her job, in which she was highly respected, and, at Speech Day, Peter Larkman thanked ‘San Sis’ and said Jean ‘had given scores of girls and boys cause to be grateful for her unfailing professionalism and compassion’; he added how a coffee and a chat with her often helped out some one in trouble. Her own experiences meant she had a particular affinity with pupils from Ex-Pat Families and Ten Tors Trainees were especially appreciative for her care – the sounds emerging from the San as they sang whilst soaking their feet were something else.
Jean trained at the RD&E, and worked in London, before emigrating to what is now Zimbabwe. Married life on a farm near Harare followed, and whilst there she founded a Clinic (that later was the recipient of some School sponsored walking). With her liveliness and good humour she entered wholeheartedly into the Allhallows Community, and Staff families on the Estate certainly welcomed her willingness to be approached for professional TLC when occasion arose. She lived in Seaton after retirement, where she was very happy with a wide circle of friends, but returned to South Africa in 1994 to be nearer to her own family - first in Cape Town and later moving to a Retirement Complex near Johannesburg for her final years.

 

Graham Jones

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