Shared grief as blast vic­tim Dorothy fi­nally laid to rest

Macclesfield Express - - REMEMBRANCE - STU­ART GREER

THE fam­ily of one of the vic­tims who died in a blast at a mill fi­nally laid her to rest – al­most four months af­ter the tragedy.

Dorothy Bai­ley, 62, was one of four peo­ple who died af­ter ex­plo­sions and fire de­stroyed Wood Treat­ment Ltd in Bosley on July 17.

On Fri­day, Novem­ber 6, more than 250 fam­ily, friends and former col­leagues at­tended her funeral which took place at Bosley St Mary’ Church only a few hun­dred me­tres away from the scene of the dis­as­ter.

The funeral pro­ces­sion, which in­cluded her three sons Christo­pher, Mathew and Ed­ward, and grand­chil­dren Con­nor, Wil­low and In­dia, ar­rived to the song Pre­cious Mem­o­ries.

The ser­vice was led by the Rev John Har­ries and the Rev Pam But­ler.

In his open­ing ad­dress Rev Har­ries said: “Dorothy was a cher­ished mum and trea­sured nana.

“She was an in­te­gral part of the com­mu­nity and her death has af­fected us pro­foundly. Not only did we lose a dear friend, but we lost our in­no­cence. For we be­lieved in Bosley we’d al­ways be safe.

“To­day we walk a com­mon path and reach out with a shared grief.”

Rev But­ler de­scribed Dorothy as tough and ten­der, adding: “She was a car­ing woman who didn’t like you to see it, and didn’t like a fuss of her.”

The ser­vice heard of a happy child­hood with her sis­ter and five broth­ers and en­joy­ing the ‘rough and tum­ble’ of life around the Bosley coun­try­side.

Rev But­ler de­scribed Dorothy bal­anc­ing her life as a mum and a ‘worka­holic’, some­times jug­gling mul­ti­ple jobs at the same time.

She was de­scribed as a proud grand­mother who ‘cher­ished’ her grand­chil­dren and loved spoil­ing them.

Rev Har­ries fin­ished the ser­vice urg­ing fam­ily and friends to let their happy mem­o­ries of Dorothy over­come their grief.

He said: “We have so many ques­tions. It adds to our dis­tress. Dorothy didn’t do any­thing to hurt any­one. Bad things hap­pen in this world we have no con­trol over.

“We can­not change the past no mat­ter how much we want. We have to let the hor­ror go.”

Po­lice and fire ser­vice search teams and crime scene in­ves­ti­ga­tors con­tinue their painstak­ing work at the site where Dorothy, Wil­liam Barks, 51, from Leek, and Derek Moore, 62, from Stoke, were killed.

The body of Ja­son Shin­gler, 38, from North Rode, has still not been re­cov­ered.

●● More than 250 peo­ple at­tended the funeral of Dorothy Bai­ley at St Mary’s Par­ish Church in Bosley

●● Mourn­ers in­cluded fam­ily, friends and former col­leagues

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