Ryde Social Heritage Group research the social history of the citizens of Ryde, Isle of Wight. Documenting their lives, businesses and burial transcriptions.
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Lydia Jackson RIP

Lydia working on maps
Lydia working on maps

Lydia Jackson passed away on the evening of Wednesday 17 June 2009 after being unwell for several months.

Lydia was a dedicated and hard working member of Ryde Social Heritage Group and she will be sadly missed by us all. She contributed at meetings, supported us at Open Days and other events and assisted with the mapping and research groups.

Soon after joining RSHG Lydia expressed an interest in helping with the mapping and worked with David Earle surveying the Old Cemetery. David said, “It was always a pleasure to work with Lydia and she quickly became an expert at interpreting the old hand drawn maps. This was a great help and allowed a larger number of graves to be surveyed on each visit. Lydia’s smile would brighten any visit to the cemetery.”

Lydia also helped with our research and Ann Barrett, leader of our Research Team commented, “For a long time, Lydia has assisted me in researching the people of Ryde in the 19th and 20th century, she volunteered her time most weeks, spending many hours at the Record Office. I was so grateful for her help. Best of all, Lydia was a dear friend, we would spend many an afternoon just chatting about all manner of things, she had a very unique way of uplifting one’s spirits. She also had a great wealth of knowledge she could draw from and I was quite in awe of her diversity. A lovely lady, her quiet, easy manner touched so many lives and I feel privileged to have called her my friend.”

The memory of a good person is a blessing.

Lydia’s funeral will take place at the Brompton Oratory, London at 11am on Friday 26 June.