Founder of Ilford Historical Society Sadie Gomm dies

PUBLISHED: 15:01 04 July 2015

Sadie Gomm

Sadie Gomm


Tributes have been paid to a founder member of Ilford Historical Society who has died aged 88.

Sadie Gomm died on June 11 following a serious operation in King George Hospital for a serious operation.

Chairman of the society Jef Page said: “She was recovering well at home until another complaint, which developed a few weeks later, wasn’t diagnosed and treated quickly enough.”

Sadie – who had helped set up to society in 1968 – had been one-time treasurer, membership secretary and a vice-president of the group.

Mr Page said: “We all liked her very much as she ‘manned’ the desk to keep track of members and visitors as they arrived for meetings and events, and Sadie came along, often by bus, whatever the weather. Her home was also used to host our committee meetings.

“Quiet and self-effacing, an ex-librarian, Sadie worked at Gants Hill library and later at Ilford – now Redbridge – Central Library until her retirement.

“Sadie’s family came from Plaistow and they were bombed-out during the war and they stayed with relatives and when evacuated, Sadie went to Weymouth.

“Ever helpful and very generous with her time, Sadie made donations to the Society and it was always interesting to hear her comments about our various speakers.”

The keen gardener was also a member of the National Trust and the Royal Horticultural Society.

Her funeral was held at the City of London Cemetery on Monday June 29 and included music by Beethoven and Handel.

“After the service, Sadie’s nephew David Gomm handed the society a very generous cheque sent to him, to pass onto us, from an English family living in America, Sadie had known for many years,” added Mr Page.

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