Tributes paid to Quaker stalwart

Tributes: Tricia Clark in Norway
Tributes: Tricia Clark in Norway
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Tributes have been paid to a Garstang woman Tricia Clark who was actively involved in the Quaker movement in Garstang and the surrounding area.

A relentless, aggressive and untreatable brain tumor took Tricia’s life on Saturday September 29.

Her death came just a few weeks after she actively enjoyed some of the best Norwegian mountain and fjord scenery, visited medieval wooden churches and tried few of the products mentioned by the ‘hairy bikers’ in their recent television series.

Her husband Michael said: “As there is no longer a direct ferry to Norway from England this was a campervan tour of over 2,000 miles, out via Denmark and Sweden and back by ferry from Norway to Denmark.

“Pain from restless leg syndromemade much of the journey difficult.”

Tricia, as she was known, was born Patricia Ann Dungay in Beckenham, Kent in November 1945.

She trained as a librarian at Loughborough and worked in college and local authority libraries in London before being appointed librarian at Charlotte Mason College, Ambleside.

She moved to Garstang from Kendal in 1985 and subsequently worked as a librarian at St Martin’s College, Lancaster.

On retirement she cared for her mother and also became increasingly involved with Calder Bridge Meeting, Bowgreave, Garstang, and other Quaker activities, taking responsibilities as one of the clerking team and on various committees including Swathmoor Hall, Ulverston, Cumbria and the Quaker Tapestry in Kendal, Cumbria.

She also contributed several times a year to the Garstang Courier / Longridge News’s regular Voice of the Church column.

She had recently been active within the Garstang Transition Town Movement and on various initiatives associated with growing local food and reducing our environmental footprint.

She recently became a member of Ribble Cruising Club, Lytham, having crewed a 27’ yacht much of the way from Kent (the ‘pretty way’, round Cornwall).

Her taste in music was eclectic, from Medieval choir music (The Sixteen) to Radiohead (she had a ticket for this weekend’s concert in Manchester), and she enjoyed several Glastonbury and Hay Festivals.

A great passion was hill walking, as a member of Kendal Fellwalkers and of the Garstang (Lakeland) Walking Group.

She was predeceased by her brother, also with a brain tumor, and leaves a sister, husband and son.

Husband Michael said: “She will be greatly missed.

“Hers was a quiet form of encouragement which led people to do things they might not otherwise have believed possible.”

Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.