Vicki Martin obituary


My pal Vicki Martin, who has died aged 86, labored in social care for a few years earlier than changing into a social work assessor working throughout the entire of Wales. Vicki’s life embodied social justice and the significance of investing in higher futures for everybody.

After beginning out within the discipline as a assist employee for individuals with studying disabilities at Bryn y Neuadd hospital, Llanfairfechan, within the Seventies, Vicki was a maternity unit social employee at St David’s hospital, Bangor, within the 80s, after which an assessor within the 90s. At some point of her working life, Vicki was a volunteer counsellor for the bereavement charity Cruse, co-running the Menai Bridge group till it was closed down through the preliminary Covid-19 lockdown.

I met Vicki in 1978 at Gregynog Corridor, when she and I launched into social work coaching at Bangor College. She invited me to share her home, together with a cat, a parrot and two of her three daughters from her first marriage, to John Rose, which resulted in divorce in 1982. Vicki was a folks singer who had sung on the Troubadour restaurant at Earl’s Courtroom. Her automobile was a former London taxi cab.

She additionally labored variously as a chef, working a catering-van service in Eryri (the previous Snowdonia Nationwide Park) together with her first husband; as a millionaire’s housekeeper in Harlech within the 60s; a restaurant supervisor at Penrhyn Fortress (c1969-71), and a Residents Recommendation Bureau volunteer in Bangor (c1976-77).

Vicki had a drop-everything readiness to assist individuals who have been struggling by means of poverty, bereavement, incapacity or psychological misery. From 2006 to 2010, she was the chair of the Abbey Highway Centre, a Bangor-based charity supporting psychological well being, and remained a trustee till she died.

In 1985, she married John Martin, whom she had met by means of mates. They entertained many individuals of their house, and my associate and I have been delighted to be of their bubble through the Covid pandemic.

When Vicki contracted spondylitis ossificans, a sort of arthritis, she was typically in ache. She adjusted to her situation, but defiantly declined to make use of her stairlift. She believed in making one of the best of the time accessible to her, taking satisfaction in her and John’s youngsters and grandchildren, including to their stunning backyard, studying and persevering with to contribute.

Born in Ealing, west London, to Grace (nee Fryer) and Frank Ainsley, a cupboard maker, on the age of 11 Vicki went to Lordsfield impartial college in Hampshire, having been awarded a bursary for underprivileged youngsters. A number of years later she returned to London, the place she attended Greenford grammar college and, later, artwork school. Vicki was raised in a political family, and was a woman mayoress to her mom in Ealing in 1955, and in 1988 and 2001 in Bangor to John.

Vicki’s stepson James and grandson Jack predeceased her. She is survived by John, her daughters, Coral, Jennie and Marina, her stepsons Richard and Tim, and 10 grandchildren.


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