PCT pays tribute to veteran volunteer
North East Essex Primary Care Trust has paid tribute to one of the oldest volunteer workers in Colchester who has died at the age of 84.
Joan Doe had worked at Colchester Cornerstone, the multi-agency and welfare centre in Sir Isaac’s Walk, from when it opened in 2003 and before that at its predecessor, the Healthy Colchester shop in Trinity Street.
Miss Doe, who had suffered a stroke, died suddenly on 18 February and her funeral, which was attended by volunteers and staff from Cornerstone and the services based there, was held yesterday (Thurs) at Colchester Crematorium.
Emma Bishton, Partnership Support Manager at the PCT, who too is based at Cornerstone, described Miss Doe as a “remarkable person”.
She said: “Joan will be much missed here at Cornerstone. She was one of our two longest-serving volunteers, having started work with us at the very beginning of Healthy Colchester in 1993 – before any of the current staff were even involved!
“Thankfully, she weathered the move with us into the much larger Cornerstone and has contributed enormously to the success of Cornerstone as a place that people can come to for help and advice in a wide range of areas.
“Her experience at talking to members of the public was obvious, as was her commitment to her role. She was always courteous to visitors and keen to help, and was particularly adept at bridging the age gap and helping young people.
“The PCT would have been unable to provide and develop Cornerstone as a service without the dedication and ongoing commitment shown by Joan and volunteers like her.”
Miss Doe, who lived in Lexden, Colchester, had worked as a volunteer receptionist at Colchester Cornerstone for at least one day a week.
She was born in Colchester, had worked for the council in Colchester and during World War II served in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF). She leaves a sister who lives in Colchester.