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Valerie Greenwood: obituary

Valerie Greenwood, one of the best-known funeral arrangers in the southeast has passed away. 
Valerie, a linch-pin of Surrey’s Alan Greenwood & Sons Funeral Directors, collapsed suddenly while at work, and died later in St George's Hospital Tooting. She was 64.

Valerie worked in the family business for 35 years and worked tirelessly for the bereaved of Kingston and the surrounding areas. She hardly ever even took time off for holidays, according to her brother Alan.

“She made sure each and every funeral was perfect,” he added. “This meant ensuring the finer details were attended to – such as only one tribute being carried at a time. She always made sure that we did the families proud.”

Born to Douglas and Betty Greenwood of Surbiton in July 1952, Valerie was educated at Grand Avenue School and later at Tolworth Girls’ School. 

She was very proud of her family’s history and its connection with the local area. Her great-great-grandfather had made clay pipes in Park Road, Kingston, and her great-grandfather John Edwards, was a veterinary surgeon in Kingston. Maternal grandfather William Crow ran the Three Compasses public house in Kingston and her father Douglas was Mayor of Surbiton in 1961-1962, and Deputy Mayor of the newly formed Royal Borough of Kingston in 1965.

Valerie's funeral took place on 18 February at The Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace, a location of which she would definitely have approved. She will be sadly missed by all her family and friends. 


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