I would like to say a few words about our beloved Aunty June…. She was the Best Aunty a Niece could have wished for!
Some of my fondest childhood memories are of weekends spent in her London flat, where nothing was too much trouble for her only Niece :o) Trips to the Theatre, Cinema, Musicals; exciting dinners out and cosy dinners in; shopping expeditions to my favourite stores, in particular Biba, where she chose some amazing outfits for me over the years!
Not only was she there for the good times, but always there to help me through the bad times as well. Especially during the difficult years following our parents’ divorce and on into my teenage angst years 😮
Even when June & Lorne moved away to Canada, she returned to England regularly to see her family, not just around London, but also up to visit me at Newcastle University and later on, over to Luxembourg where I had moved to work. She also tried to make it back for the many family events: Big Birthdays, Weddings, Silver and Ruby Anniversaries…
I was also fortunate enough to meet up with the Macfarlanes several times in North America, both on my own and later with my husband, Paul: Visiting their 2 homes in Toronto and on Vancouver Island (from where we went down to Miami and Niagara Falls together). They also drove down to meet us in Vermont while we were on a week’s holiday; plus a particularly long drive all the way to San Francisco, to help me celebrate my 50th Birthday!
Even when the miles kept us apart, Aunty June was always just a phone-call away and I would look forward to our long chats :o) She loved to talk about her wonderful life and how it had lead her all over the world. And she was always interested in what I (and then we) had been up to. She was such a good listener and always ready with wise advice. Not just for me, but also for her Great Nieces, Guinevere & Skye, when they came along. Some people found her rather direct at times, but I loved her up-front honesty!
June also had an infectious sense of humour, which she passed on to me at an early age :o) Just last month, we were talking about the laughs we had shared through the years and the fits of giggles we’d burst into over the silliest of things. In particular, she reminded me of the phrase I used to announce out loud, for some reason, when we were travelling on the Tube (much to the surprise of fellow passengers): Aunty June, better known as Aunt Prune!
And we laughed about it again, not realising this would turn out to be our last chat together :o(
Last, but certainly not least, I would like to say, on behalf of all June’s family, a Big Thank You to Uncle Lorne for bringing our beloved Sister, Aunty and Great Aunty back to settle in England last year. It was so lovely to have her closer to home and be able to get together with her several times over the last 15 months. I brought this Collage with me, showing some of the highlights from her time over here, so that we could remember our beautiful Junie at her happiest, surrounded by her family :o)
I know she will always be smiling down on us and I’m sure she’ll be making the Angels laugh, up there in Heaven.
Goodbye Junie, we miss you :o(
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