Kathy was town’s pride

Kathy Prince who was 92 passed away peacefully at her home on Sewerby Road by her husband's side.
Kathy Prince who was 92 passed away peacefully at her home on Sewerby Road by her husband's side.

Tributes have poured in for a former deputy mayoress and long-standing member of Bridlington Hospital League of Friends.

Kathy Prince, who was 92, passed away peacefully in her sleep with her husband of 69 years Laurie Prince by her side, on 14 April.

“She was a brilliant wife” said Laurie. “We were married for nearly 70 years and we never argued.”

Kathy, who was born in Stanley, Wakefield, on 20 May 1923 started work at the United Steel Company at Frodingham in 1940.

Laurie added: “She worked in the comptometer department and would calculate specifications for the hulls of warships.”

During difficult years of the Second World War Kathy met Laurie who would be her future Husband.

“Her father didn’t like me!” Laurie said. “I can remember when he offered to buy the engagement off me!

“I said no deal, and we married on the 20 December 1945.”

In 1950 Kathy’s parents bought a newsagents on South Marine Drive, where the themselves soon became the managers. The pair went on to have two daughters, Joy Healey and Heather Pelling, who both now live in Harrow.

Joy said: “She was a lovely and beautiful woman. She was hard working and loving.

“After finishing at the newsagents they ran Brittons Jewellers in Bridge Street for 10 years and my mum became deputy mayoress of Bridlington Borough Council in the 1970s. I don’t know how she managed to juggle so many things at once!”

“She has four grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. Last year she was presented with a Long Service certificate for 59 years of service to Bridlington League of Hospital Friends.”

Margaret Peel, chair of the League of Friends said: “Kathy was already a very active member when I started.

“She was also a great friend and was there for me when my husband passed away last year. She was just such a lovely person.”

Kathy’s long a varied life also saw her become an active and supportive committee member for Soroptimist International, including a spell as president.

Her funeral was held at Octon Crematorium on Friday 24 April.