Farewell to ac­tivist

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The fu­neral ser­vice of jour­nal­ist and ac­tivist Thelma Neville will be held in the Cathe­dral at 11am on Sat­ur­day 17 March. Neville, who cel­e­brated her 100th birth­day in style in Gra­ham­stown two years ago, passed away in her sleep on Sun­day night. She leaves her brother Vaughan Thorndike.

Close friend Nickie Turner said there would not be a com­mit­tal, as Neville wanted to be cre­mated.

“Her ashes will be in­terred next to her hus­band Ge­off (whom she ab­so­lutely adored) at a pri­vate cer­e­mony in March when her nephew and his wife can get here from Italy,” Turner said.

“Thelma was no slouch. She dis­cussed her plans for her fu­neral ser­vice with Rev­erend Claire Hunter while she was at Brook­shaw so we all know what we are do­ing!”

At her 100th birth­day in July 2016 – a lively af­fair at the Mon­u­ment which Neville also planned from start to fin­ish – she told the gathering of friends and rel­a­tives who came from across the coun­try and around the world, “My big­gest bless­ing is that I live in Gra­ham­stown.”

Her con­tri­bu­tions to the City in­cluded be­ing the first Woman Pres­i­dent of the Eastern Ar­eas Devel­op­ment Asso- cia­tion, a found­ing mem­ber of Brook­shaw home, a mem­ber of the City Coun­cil­lors’ Com­mit­tee, Chair­per­son of the Gra­ham­stown Ratepay­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of which she was also an hon­orary life mem­ber. She worked with the Zen­zile As­so­ci­a­tion to as­sist women start­ing busi­nesses in the town­ship. • Please read Turner’s tribute to Thelma Neville, which she de­liv­ered at her 100th birth­day party in July 2016, here: bit.ly/GrocThelma

File photo: Ja­son Miles

Thelma Neville, jour­nal­ist and cul­tural ac­tivist, passed away on Sun­day night.

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