Gerry Whitbread

 

Thursday 5th January 2023

The club is very sad today to hear of the death of Gerry Whitbread, wife of the late Frank Whitbread former club Chairman and President, at the age of 93.

Gerry died peacefully in her sleep at the home of Mandy Hearne where she had been living for several years. Gerry was well known to many club members accompanying Frank to all our club events for many years. After Frank’s death in early 2013 Gerry mostly withdrew from club activities but could still be seen at some carting events which were always a particular favourite part of the breed for her. After selling up Blackbrook Farm, the home she shared with Frank, Gerry moved into a bungalow but after a fall leading to a spell in hospital, subsequently moved in with family friend Mandy Hearne two and a half years ago.

Although known to many as Frank’s wife, Gerry was not short of her own opinions on things and would readily tell people how it was when she needed to! However, throughout their long marriage she was always at Frank’s side for official events such as here following a presentation at the 2008 Garden Party.

Gerry’s final act for the breed was to make a generous donation to the health fund to assist with the Golden Jubilee health events.