Pensioner died at wheel of car
PUBLISHED: 16:50 19 March 2008 | UPDATED: 09:35 23 August 2010
FRIENDS and relatives have paid tribute to a 73-year-old woman who died of heart failure while she was driving her car. Janet Bishop, of Northridge Road, Gravesend, smashed through a wall outside Janda Court, Windmill Street, as she fell ill at about 6pm
FRIENDS and relatives have paid tribute to a 73-year-old woman who died of heart failure while she was driving her car.
Janet Bishop, of Northridge Road, Gravesend, smashed through a wall outside Janda Court, Windmill Street, as she fell ill at about 6pm last Wednesday, narrowly avoiding a 28-year-old woman.
Her cousin Linda Stock and husband Sheridan, of Thong Lane, Gravesend said: "Gravesend has lost one of its most cheerful and colourful characters.
"She was a strong and independent woman and her friends greatly valued not only her stalwart support and willingness to put the needs of others before her own, but also her ability to for see their future needs.
"Her vibrant personality made her a popular community member, and the ever present twinkle in her eye and her ability to always see the funny side of situations will be amongst our most cherished memories."
Hilda Cole, who celebrated her 100th birthday with Mrs Bishop last month, said: "I new Janet when she was a little baby because I knew her mother.
"When her mother died I looked after her, she was like a daughter to me. We were very close. I was absolutely devastated when I found out."
"She was a fantastic woman. Everybody loved Janet."
Mrs Bishop, nee Turner, was born in Gravesend in October 1934. Until her retirement in 1990 she worked for Guardian Assurance Company and married Alan Bishop, who died just four years into their marriage.
Her neighbour and friend of 24 years, Doreen Dix said: "I am very, very sad. It was a terrible shock when I found out.
"She was very good to me after my husband died. She loved her garden, she even gave one of her plants to Tom Hart Dyke for use in his world garden. We will all miss her."
Firefighters from Thames-side helped ambulance crews remove Mrs Bishop from the wrecked car but she was pronounced dead at the scene.
If you witnessed the collision call Kent Police on 01622 798538.
The funeral will be held at Medway Crematorium on Thursday March 28 at 2pm.