Tributes after artist Tracey Dee found dead in shed
An artist from Whitstable who was found dead in a shed at her
home is believed to have committed suicide.
Concerned neighbours raised the alarm and when police went to
the house in Island Wall they found the body of Tracey Dee, 43.
Her father Philip Dee, who lives in Wingham, said his daughter’s
death had come as a complete shock to him and his wife Alison,
He said: “I don’t understand why she did this and I cannot get
my head around it.
"She had so many friends who also can’t understand it and she
knew so many people in Whitstable.
"She loved living there near the sea and had so many plans for
the future. It just does not make sense.”
Miss Dee was born in Warwickshire and when she was 15 months old
her mother died giving birth to her brother, who also died.
Mr Dee decided to return to his home town, Sandwich, to be near
his parents and then remarried and moved to Dover where he ran a
Miss Dee went to Vale View Primary School and Astor Secondary
School, in Dover.
"I don’t understand why she did this and I cannot get my head around it.
" – Tracey's dad Philip
Although she had
always been artistic - getting top marks for the subject at school
- she went to work for HM Customs for 13 years.
Then she decided to pursue her dream and completed a BA in fine
art at Kent University.
Miss Dee was qualified in sign language, had completed a
post-graduate certficate in education at Canterbury Christ Church
University and had just finished a course on teaching children with
She had also acted as mentor for children and adults doing art
and in the summer had set up workshops in art for local
About eight years ago she moved to Whitstable. At first she
rented a house in Island Wall and then bought her home in the same
Mr Dee said: “Tracey loved Whitstable, the beach and its
artistic community and that was the reason she moved there. She had
built a lovely studio in her back garden, where she worked.
“The house was a bit ramshackle when she bought it but she did
lots of work on it, including moving the staircase, and it was
“She had just had plans passed for an extension, which we were
about to start work on. She also had a dog she doted on and walked
along the beach almost every day.”
Miss Dee’s body was found on Wednesday, December 19.
Mr Dee had seen her twice on the previous Friday and had spoken
to her on the Sunday but when he rang her on Tuesday and Wednesday
he got her answerphone.
Her stepmother Alison said: “Tracey was always interested in art
but wanted specifically to teach children with disabilities. That
was where her talent lay and she had massive amounts of
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