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Tributes to Patricia Squirrell who helped so many

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TRIBUTE was paid to a much loved and respected woman who has become a mother figure to many in the community over the years through her work.

Patricia (Pat) Squirrell of Weymouth died aged 71 in early February, leaving behind a son, daughter and grandchildren who collectively described her as a “beautiful person”.

Ms Squirrell became a youth worker in 1968 at the Boy’s Club helping many young people and continued to do so later at Steps and then Littlemoor Youth Club for around 30 years.

Weymouth Carnival, Gnomes on Tour, Pat Squirrell and Lyn Attwood, 19/08/2015, PHOTO: FINNBARR WEBSTER/F17552

During this time she helped many children in the South Dorset region and had a big impact on her community.

“Pat has been a mother and nanny not only to our children but to many others in the community over her lifetime,” her children Andy Squirrell and Amanda Dunning said in a joint statement.

“Mum has quietly supported many young people over her life as a youth and outreach worker helping young people lead independent lives.

“Often this support was so quiet but changed the lives of so many people.

Ms Squirrell ran a family guesthouse in what remained of the family home in the Park District for most of her children’s early years while working in the youth service.

Her husband Malcolm Squirrell died 20 years ago and she “had to go on and throw herself into youth work, the lives of her children and grandchildren”.

The family added: “Pat regularly raised money for various charities, starting with muscular dystrophy, then supporting scouts, schools, Masonic orders and swimming clubs – wherever his children or grandchildren were involved.

“If there was an opportunity for a raffle, mum was there with prizes to be won and a big smile. Often still attend local community fundraising events to provide support.

“Everyone was so sad to hear of Pat’s passing, she was such a loved and respected friend to so many.”

Jaqueline Churchill worked at Littlemoor Youth Club and says she will miss her good friend.

She said: “Pat always had time and empathy for everyone, she loved to cook and often prepared food for hungry youngsters.

“When I decided to run another youth club, I kept in touch with Pat and became good friends.

“She was always a very supportive and caring person who will be missed by many.”

Stuart Dawson, chairman of the West Dorset Swimming Club and friend of Ms Squirrell, added: “Pat Squirrell was a lovely woman with a generous heart. She was always one of the first to volunteer to help at fundraising events funds and managed to raise a significant amount of money for the Club over the years.

“Her laughter and joy were contagious and I know she will be greatly missed by those who knew her.”

Mrs Squirrell’s funeral will take place on Thursday March 10 at 1pm at Weymouth Crematorium.

All friends and family are welcome and are asked not to wear black clothing or bring flowers, the family preferring that donations be made to Julia’s House via the Funeral Director – https://www.rose -funeral.co.uk