Helena Vernon obituary

My wife, Helena Vernon, who has died of cancer aged 70, was a committed social worker in Bristol for more than 30 years. She was gregarious with an irrepressible sense of humour and a tenacious commitment to the welfare of children. She was also a great festival-goer and missed only one Glastonbury.

Helena was born in Lincoln to Gerard and Sheila Carey (nee McDermott). When she was four the family moved to Bristol, where her father became headteacher of St Bonaventure’s primary school, and her mother deputy head of St Mary on the Quay primary school.

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