Clare was quite possibly the nicest person you could meet. She was a loving wife, mother and sister and she will be greatly missed by all of those left behind. Taken from us far too early. Read more »

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Anonymous
06 Jul 2017
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In memory of a very special friend to Archie and Hilary. Clare truly was 1 in a million! Her kind, caring nature, energy, enthusiasm and unwavering support to us as a family over the years will never be forgotten. We are privileged to have known Clare and totally heartbroken that we have had to say goodbye so soon following her short illness. Sending love to all the family xx
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06 Jul 2017
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Matched Giving from HSBC for Sarah from completing Tour de Bristol 2017. Thank you so much.
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Richard Healey
05 Jul 2017
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Thinking of all the Gedge family
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Kirsty Healey
05 Jul 2017
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Thinking of Heidi, Mariella and the rest of Clare's family who will sorely miss her
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Heidi Gedge
28 Jun 2017
My lovely sister
When anyone asked me to describe the kind of person Clare is, I’d always say “she’s the loveliest person in the land” Kind, compassionate and utterly selfless, as anyone who has had the privilege of knowing her would know.
Clare would always endeavour to make sure I was OK, and has been a constant support to me my whole life, I’d say she’s almost been like a mother as well as a sister, looking out for me at every occasion and putting up with me whenever I needed someone to talk to, something to do, or something to eat. I can’t tell you how many lovely meals I’ve had at Clare and Marks.
Despite Clare’s hearing and balance issues she would try everything, she enjoyed going for long bike rides with the family, and for many years she practiced the art of Karate in which she achieved a black belt. Not content to accept an honorary black belt which she was offered, she wanted to earn it and trained hard for it.
Clare loved life, she’d get so excited about Christmas, birthdays, holidays, in fact everything. I used to call her Polly Anna, as she would always find something to be happy about in any situation.
There were many occasions when something would make us laugh and we could laugh uncontrollably for anything up to 20 minutes, falling around crying! We’d generally have forgotten what it was that set us off. Priceless!
It’s been such a long time since I took Clare in her buggy up to the park and pushed her on the swings. Who’d have thought then what an incredible person she’d turn out to be, making a difference to so many people’s lives.
My lovely beautiful sister and my best friend there are no words to describe how much I’m going to miss her.
Nicola Davies
28 Jun 2017
My Best Friend Clare (The reading I created for Clare's funeral, read on the day by my sister Lisa)

Sadly, Clare told me the devastating news that she had bowel cancer on 16th Oct 2016.
I felt I needed to visit Clare while she was alive and not to come back purely for the grief of her funeral. I came back to Pill from Australia to be with Clare through what we thought would be her final weeks. We spent much of the fortnight together and sadly it all went too quickly. We cried and laughed plenty during those last precious moments together. Clare gave me a box full of cards and letters I had written to her over many years. Some were over 40 yrs old! We had lots of fun and giggles reading through them all. We shared so many fantastic memories.

Clare became a part of my life from we were babies in prams, our mums used to catch the bus together and go shopping in Bristol. A few years passed by and we met up again when we both started our school days at Pill juniors School in 1975. I’ll never forget Clare’s blonde hair and sky blue National Health glasses, for some reason we bonded and became best of friends. Every group Clare joined, so did I. Guitar lessons, Pathfinders, The Church choir, Drama lessons, I even got Confirmed because Clare did! I didn't understand any of it but I loved being in Clare’s company.

As we grew up together we found our own identities and Clare became a MOD around 1984, I wasn't brave enough, but Clare went full on! We went to so many parties and listened to great Northern Soul and Motown music from the 60’s that our parents used to enjoy. I think every Saturday was spent catching the bus to Bristol and spending most of our time at St Nicholas Street Market looking at Mod badges and patches to adorn her beloved Parka.

We grew older and I moved away from Pill, but we always stayed in touch. One weekend, Clare, Mark and Cecelia came to visit us in Bridport. Clare was pregnant, but not due for a few weeks, However, baby wasn’t happy with that and decided to make her first appearance a bit early. Off they went to Dorchester Hospital where Holly came into this world… They all still came back to see us before heading back home.

When Clare lost her hearing was a dreadful time. However, she was amazing and adapted so quickly. She soon learnt how to lip read and use sign language, I only remembered the signs for Sausages and biscuits as Clare became too good at lip reading… I think I was always a challenge for her though as Clare always had to tell me to slow down!

Clare came to visit me in Australia in 2014. I took her to Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, we were first to arrive and pretty much the last to leave, Clare was so happy taking 100’s of photos of all the animals. Over a few days we walked the length and breadth of Sydney, drinking mint tea and eating gluten free cakes until we were so tired, off came her ears and eyes and we crashed. We had such a lovely time together and it was a great reminder as to why I loved her company so much.

Farewell my Lovely. You will be missed so much.
Anonymous
25 Jun 2017
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For a beautiful lovely lady. she was a very special friend, who will be missed by so many.
Julia Senior-Smith
25 Jun 2017
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My lovely friend Clare. I knew you for over 20 years and you made me feel so welcome when I moved to Portishead. Thank you for supporting me during my hard times. I will miss you xx
Anonymous
24 Jun 2017
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My lovely Clarey, miss you so much. Thank you to everyone at St Peter' Hospice for taking such great care of Clare.
Rob and Ruth Case
24 Jun 2017
It was an honour to have had Clare as a close friend, she was a beautiful person who enriched everyone's lives with happiness and love.
We are so thankful that Clare was part of our lives, and we wonder how we will ever get over the hurt of losing her.
But then we realise that we are all better people because of her, and she taught us how to live with joy and kindness no matter what challenges we face.
Thank you Clare xxxx
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Clare loved her family and loved her work. She always saw the best in people and was always happy to help. She overcame problems with her health and didn't let these things define her. She loved to travel and loved to take photographs which she enjoyed sharing. When the acers were red at Westonbirt this was one of her favourite places to be.