Tribute stolen to Eileen Reed from Sturry
A grieving son has told of his disgust after a floral tribute
was taken from his mum’s graveside just hours after she was
The flowers were swiped from Sturry cemetery after a service for
90-year-old Eileen Reed, who lived in the city centre.
Among them was a particularly poignant basket from Mrs Reed’s
elderly sister, who now lives in America and was too ill to travel
to attend the service.
But four hours after the wake – when one of her daughters
returned to the cemetery to take a photograph of the floral
tributes to send to the US – it was gone.
Mrs Reed’s son Michael, who lives in Staines Hill, Sturry, said:
“We are appalled that someone could do something so
“The tribute was a particularly special one from mum’s sister
which we had chosen for her. It was in a light-coloured basket and
had quite a Christmassy theme to it with little Christmas trees and
“I can only assume that someone thought it would make a nice
Christmas present and just swiped it and tore off the card.
“It really beggars belief. They really can’t have any
conscience. We haven’t the heart to tell mum’s sister what has
“We spoke to the cemetery supervisor but he just said ‘these
things happen’ and I guess they can’t have 24-hour security.”
Michael, 53, is maintenance manager at the London Golf Club and
was brought up in Sturry with his sisters Doreen and Rosemary and
brother William, who all later moved away from the area.
Mrs Reed, who was a widow, lived in Bredlands Lane, Sturry, for
many years and worked as a librarian. She was also a volunteer for
the Samaritans for more than 30 years. About 10 years ago she moved
to Becket Mews.
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