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Sue Watkinson Obituary

Sue Watkinson Obituary

Sue Watkinson died on Sunday 29 March after a long battle with cancer. She fought it courageously and with great dignity, and we extend our thoughts to her husband, Adam, and son, Sam.

Sue arrived at Eton as the Matron-in-College in January 2013 having previously been a house matron at Repton, and she soon established herself as an outstanding Matron. Sue was compassionate, kind, patient, full of energy and, above all, she cared deeply about the boys in College and they, in turn, were very fond of her.

Her love of gardening manifested itself everywhere she and Adam lived, especially in her beloved cottage in Cumbria, but also in the patio garden she created in the courtyard behind her flat at Eton. It was to be entirely for the benefit of the boys: a space where they could help her tend to the flowers and plants, or come for a chat, or just to sit in quiet contemplation. One of the many tragedies is that she never saw the project to a conclusion.

Her background as a midwife and nurse gave her a professional gravitas when it came to medical matters and it was reassuring to know that she was totally on top of her craft. In the house, she created a happy and purposeful atmosphere in which her team could do their jobs to the best of their ability and with Denise Stock at her side, they formed a highly-regarded double act. Yet she never took herself too seriously. Sue could always be relied upon to find humour in even the darkest situations and a peel of laughter was often to be heard coming from her office. Her sense of fun, her joie de vivre, was never far away.

Not only was Sue an exceptional Matron, she was also a much-loved colleague and friend. She had time for everyone, whether a listening ear, a friendly chat or a confidante in hard times, Sue was all these things. And she would say it like it was, never afraid to tell the uncomfortable truths. Above all, however, it was her kindness that will be remembered most, whether towards the boys or her friends. Nothing was too much trouble and she would gladly give up her time for others, whatever her own preoccupations might have been.

Sue will be remembered by everyone in their own way, perhaps with the faithful Kep at her side, or her beaming smile, or a cheerful wave but in her passing we have lost a gem. She leaves a huge hole at the heart of the house, and the community, but she would be the first to tell us to look forward positively in anticipation of better times.

James Fulton 

DATE POSTED: 14 April 2020
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