Thursday, 21 October 2021

Hundreds attend memorial for businesswoman

HUNDREDS of people attended a memorial service for a businesswoman known for her will to succeed.

HUNDREDS of people attended a memorial service for a businesswoman known for her will to succeed.

Robyn Jones died at her home in Wyfold on September 21 after a long battle with multiple sclerosis and more recently cancer. She was 54.

In 1991 she co-founded national catering company Charlton House, which is now known as CH&Co and is based in Dunsden. She was awarded an OBE in 2011.

The service was held at St Mary’s Church in Henley and the mourners were led by Mrs Jones’s husband Tim, children Tabitha, 20, and Blake, 16, and her sisters Tina Luke, 55, and Kim Liddiard, 57.

It was presided over by Rev Canon Martyn Griffiths, rector of Henley, who gave a reading from St John’s Gospel.

The hymns included Love Divine, All Loves Excelling, Lord of all Hopefulness, Abide With Me and Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise.

Tributes were given by Mr Jones, Mrs Luke and Mrs Liddiard and Caroline Fry, deputy group chief executive of CH&Co. Mr Jones said: “Robyn would have wanted me to thank you all very publicly for coming. I want to thank you all for your support, particularly those who helped in the last six months.

“She was one of the most stubbornly determined people I have ever met. For years she had a quote from Winston Churchill on her desk saying ‘never give in. Never, never, never, never’.

“She was the most incredibly brave person. Your friendship meant so much to Robyn.”

Mrs Fry, who worked with Mrs Jones for 21 years, said she marked the business’s growth with milestones from her first business card to having her own PA.

“Nothing ever stopped her once she got her mind on something,” she said.

“When I visited her in the last few months she didn’t want to talk about her, she wanted to talk about the  company.” Mrs Liddiard recalled how Mrs Jones had given her a personalised cushion so she could be more comfortable when driving her first car.

Mrs Luke said: “Her two greatest achievements are her children, Tabitha and Blake.

“She mentioned the possibility of setting up her own business in 1991 and was brave to do so. It was the perfect time to take that step and the rest is history.

“Her courage, determination and creative vision can be seen in Charlton House but also as a mother, sister and friend.

“I love you my dearest, darling little sister. Thank you.”

After the service family, friends and colleagues went to the Findlay Suite at Phyllis Court Club for  refreshments. There was a collection in aid of the Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed.

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