Tributes paid to community stalwart Joan Hobson

Tributes have been paid to a ‘dynamic’ great-grandmother who was involved in a multitude of community groups throughout the area.

Joan Hobson, who died aged 95, founded an over 60s club, a floral club, was a member of WIs and churches, and a school governor.

Having spent decades being involved in so many groups, she showed little sign of slowing down despite getting older.

Christopher Hobson, her son, said: “She just enjoyed doing it.

“She was just a very dynamic woman. Everybody appreciated her.”

Joan married engineer Alan Hobson, or Hob, as he was known, in 1943.

Both came from Bromborough, Merseyside, but moved to Maidenhead that year when Alan’s company moved to the area.

She would spend the rest of her life dedicated to social groups.

She was president of the Cox Green Women’s Institute and later joined the Moneyrow Green WI.

During that time, she took part in various drama activities the group put on.

To begin with, she had only meant to be involved with helping the members with catering when their productions were put on, but she insisted on taking part in the performance itself.

From then, Joan supported other local drama groups, like the Maidenhead Operatic Society, which her husband was a part of, and later so was Christopher.

She founded the Ever Welcome over 60s club, co-founded the Maidenhead Floral Club, was a governor of Gordon Road School, which later formed part of Cox Green School, and was involved with supporting St Mark’s Hospital.

Christopher said: “She was very busy, and only gave up driving at age 92.”

He added when she would need to leave to go to an event or group meeting, his father, who died in May 1998, would joke: ‘Good grief, woman, where are you going to now?’

Joan balanced her involvement with these groups with her job as an administrator at the former Canadian Red Cross Hospital in Taplow.

For her involvement with community projects she was made an MBE, presented to her by Prince Charles in 1996, which Christopher saw first hand.

The family celebrated at the Monkey Island Hotel.

Joan died on Tuesday, October 18 at Wexham Park Hospital.

She also leaves behind daughter Roz Clarke, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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