Shared grief as blast victim Dorothy finally laid to rest
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