In Memory of Carole Gunn
Please share your messages, memories and stories of Carole.
In fond remembrance of a good neighbour, in what has been a devastating year for us all. Thinking of all the family, from all in No’s 2, 7, 8 & 10 Tunbridge Crescent.
First met Carole when I believe we were School Governors at the Infant School in the 1980’s, always liked her ‘no nonsense’ approach to life. It was lovely to see her again many years later when we joined the Countryside Companions walking group, a delightful walking companion, still with the same attitude to life. Sad that she will not walk further with us in body, but her memory lives joyfully on.
Marilyn and David Ambrose
Carole was such a wonderful person. She was very dedicated to her work. I had the greatest privilege to have known her. She helped me no end to have my son go to More House school in Frensham. I can only describe her as a true gem.
I've I only known Carole since she joined the walking group but so enjoyed her humour and cheerfulness. She was always a most interesting companion and I, like others, will miss her presence . Very sad there was not time to get to know her better.
Carole joined our walking group a couple of years ago. She was already known to some members through her teaching at the local school and membership of a bridge group. She quickly became a very popular member of our group. A very social, cheerful person with a good sense of humour. Very much needed on a pouring wet day when she found the waterproofing of her jacket was not up to the task of keeping her dry. She would not let such a problem stop her enjoying the countryside. Carole quickly became fully involved, helping with pre walks and co leading a number of walks around areas such as Chilworth, Newlands Corner, Rogate, Fernhurst. She was due to help lead a walk around Selbourne this spring. When we do this walk later this year we will spend a moment remembering her sunny personality. She will be sadly missed by all our members.
Christine Bullard, chair person Countryside Companions Walking Group
Sadly I only got to know Carole in retirement, but in that short time we shared many laughs, many walks and a love of choral singing. I feel privileged to have known her and only wish it could have been for longer.
I worked with Carole at LJS, she was a huge support to both children and staff. Her fantastic sense of humour helped us all during some challenging times. It was so lovely to meet up again last year, it reminded me how much time had passed since we last met, but it seemed only yesterday. . I was so shocked to hear such sad news, my thoughts are with James, Katie, Finn and all her beloved friends.
For the past few years I have enjoyed Carole's company on our Countryside Companions walks. Our interests and humour ran on parallel lines and we discovered both of us loved rugby union. She elected to join our small group of local pundits on how the International game should be played. We will sadly miss her valued comments, but will raise a glass to her heartfelt memory.
Mick Lofting LARC's ( Liphook Armchair Rugby Club )
I worked with Carole for many years at Liphook Junior school. She was kind, understanding and supportive, always putting the children in her care first and going the extra mile for all of them. She was calm and immensely patient, even with those who were somewhat challenging - and we had a fair few of those over the years. They all received the same level of attention as Carole strove to do her best for them and to draw out their own best qualities. She also became a good friend, fun, always ready to listen and with a keen sense of humour. I'm so pleased she had the joy of spending time with Finn , her grandson. He would have been a huge source of love and pleasure to her.
Love and best wishes to Katie and James and all her friends and family. Carole will be sorely missed.
Maureen van Eyken
Our lives were interwoven from an early age. We started our friendship at school, our first teaching appointments were at the same school, we shared a house together and socialised throughout. Time didn’t matter when there were longer intervals between meetings latterly. We simply fell back into those wonderful conversations and laughter. We provided the harmonies when out with the “gang” at folk clubs and other events. Me, very badly! I was more of a support. I shall treasure all these memories and, although you are not with us, you will always be with me through those memories. Rest in peace my very dear friend and my heartfelt thoughts go to your family.
I feel blessed that I have been able to get to know Carole as a friend through book club, walking, and learning to play bridge together. Carole contributed so much to our book discussions with her considered and insightful views. I am so grateful for the times we spent together. She was such good company and a great support especially at bridge. Carole, along with your family and friends, I will miss you.
I worked with Carole for over 20 years at Liphook Junior school. She was a very caring and supportive colleague and good friend.
She enhanced the lives of so many children with special needs and helped their parents get the best for them.
We spent many happy hours after school sorting out the world. We also enjoyed many a pub lunch, often being the last two to leave.
My thoughts are especially with you Katie and James. It was so lovely for her that she had the joy of her dear grandson, Finn.
I will miss her a lot. Xxx
Thank you Carole for many happy Bridge memories, you are missed,
I have known Carole for many years having met at a singles group. We had completely different careers but soon appreciated each ones outlook on life. I can't believe we will never meet up again over good food (including cream teas) and a bottle of wine to discuss the problems of the world with her 'off the wall' humour. There were memorable trips to Parga in Greece, operas, concerts, Claremont Gardens and local walks. I admired her fortitude once she retired in being determined to plan and take on new challenges.
Carole, you will be so missed by your family and your friends from all the different walks of life, for your wide knowledge, sense of fun and being a very good pal. XX
We first met Carole when our kids were at school. What a surprise to meet her again in the walking group. Lovely lady, be missed.
Carole &Tim Mapstone
I have known Carole for 35 years, initially as a work colleague at Liphook Junior School, who then became a very good friend. Carole showed infinite patience, care, compassion, understanding and integrity towards the children, parents and professionals she worked with. She will have enhanced those children’s lives immeasurably.
As a friend, I felt we had a special bond, sharing the same values and outlook on life. Although we only met infrequently, when we did we would talk for hours putting the world to rights alongside having a very good laugh and a glass of wine!
Carole always put other people’s needs above her own and none more than with her two beautiful children, Katie and James and adorable grandson Finn. Carole’s legacy will live in their hearts - Always x
I knew Carole for about 30 years. She was a good friend and we shared many interests, including walking, singing, reading, theatre, live music - and of course going out to lunch together! She was great company, as she had strong views and expressed them articulately, and we had many ‘deep and meaningful’ conversations over the years. I shall miss her a lot, but I feel grateful to have known her so well.
Carole was a lovely sweet woman and I always enjoyed our conversations at choir and on the long coach journey to sing the Messiah at the Albert Hall.
Sing forever Carole
I worked with Carole for many years at Liphook Junior School. She was always a helpful, kind and supportive colleague. She was wonderful with the children in her care. She worked hard to enhance their learning and give them a good start in life. She will be remembered with affection by so many of her pupils and teachers.
As a fellow alto singer in the FCS, I regret I didn't know Carole better. I shall miss her smiling face.
Heartfelt condolences to her family.
Lindsay Warwick Gee
I feel absolutely privileged for having known and worked with Carole for as long as I did. She was such a source of both knowledge and wisdom but also such a kind, calm and gentle friend - with a wicked sense of humour. I am so lucky to have known her. My thoughts are with you all at a time when your loss must feel so acute. I hope that you can find some comfort in knowing that there are so many children (now adults some of them) whose lives were influenced so positively by her help and guidance - Carole’s legacy is immeasurable x
Make a Donation
As you know Mum was always looking out for other people and was a big supporter of charitable causes so she has requested that we make donations rather than send flowers. Her chosen charity was the British Red Cross but we would also like to support The Rosemary Foundation and Macmillan who were both incredibly helpful and supportive during Mum's illness.
An online memory giving page has been setup if you would like to make a donation.
The funeral service will be taking place on Tuesday 8th September at 2:15pm. Sadly due to Covid-19 restrictions a very limited number of people are allowed to be there. For those unable to attend the text of the service is available for you to read here: