Community stalwart Glennys dies at 71

A FORMER Magistrate, who helped set up the borough s first women s refuge and acted as secretary to MP Jo Richardson, has sadly died aged 71. Glennys Game, nee Elmore, of Waverley Gardens, Barking, was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother, whose work

A FORMER Magistrate, who helped set up the borough's first women's refuge and acted as secretary to MP Jo Richardson, has sadly died aged 71.

Glennys Game, nee Elmore, of Waverley Gardens, Barking, was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother, whose work in the community made her a shining example to all.

She was born in Craven Gardens, Barking, in 1938 and attended Westbury Primary School before going on to study typing and shorthand.

After school Glennys landed a job as PA to the Managing Director of the Commercial Union and in 1966 she married the love of her life, Stanley Game.

The pair wed in St Margaret's Church in Barking, where their children Sarah and Matthew were later christened.

Her daughter, Sarah Walsh, lives in the house next door to her parents on Thames View Estate, with her husband and baby girl, Isabelle.

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Sarah said: "We are a very close family and I think that is thanks to mum.

"Now that she is gone, yes it is very sad, but we are also celebrating her life.

"I think she lived the life of three people, she did so much for this community."

Glennys was an active member of the Labour Party and acted as secretary to Barking MP Jo Richardson, an avid campaigner for women's rights.

She later campaigned to have the new community school named after Mrs Richardson, who died in 1994.

Sarah added: "Mum was also on the board of governors for seven schools in the borough.

"She was especially involved in the Thames View Primary Schools.

"She publically supported the strikers when Margaret Thatcher tried to get rid of remedial teachers and milk from schools in the 80s."

During her work with Jo Richardson, Glennys helped set up the first women's refuge in the borough for victims of domestic violence, which is still there to this day.

She also sat on Barking bench as a Magistrate for 25 years and was well known there.

Chairman of the Bench, Derek Johnson, said: "Glennys always had a bright friendly outward disposition and she was a superb Magistrate.

"She was very caring, thoughtful and I know we all tried to retain her as an active Magistrate, but her work with Jo Richardson was so great that she was not active day-to-day."

Glennys was a great friend of her ward councillor, Fred Barns, and campaigned for his reinstatement after he was deselected from next year's elections.

She was ill later in life and used a wheelchair, but was still fiercely independent.

Glennys died on November 4 of septicaemia arising from an infection.

Her funeral will be held on Friday November 20 at Christchurch in Bastable Avenue, Thames View, at 2pm.

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