Tributes to nurse

Roz Ashman
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A COMMUNITY nurse who “went the extra mile” for her patients has died.

Roz Ashman passed away after suffering a heart attack, aged 58.

Roz, who lived in the Clavering area of Hartlepool with her husband Trevor, 59, had been a community staff nurse in east Durham for the past 13 years.

She was well-loved and respected by her colleagues at County Durham and Darlington NHS Trust and cherished by patients in the Peterlee, Shotton Colliery, Easington and Haswell areas.

Around 50 nursing colleagues formed a guard of honour at Roz’s funeral, which was held at a packed St John Vianney’s Church, in King Oswy Drive, Hartlepool, on Monday.

Roz’s daughter, Lea, 36, who followed in her mum’s footsteps and is a nurse, said: “She always went the extra mile.

“She loved working in the colliery villages.”

Hazel Harper, from Easington, who worked with Roz for around 13 years until they both recently retired, said: “She was very well-loved and respected by her friends, her colleagues and all the patients who came into contact with her.”

Hazel added: “What sums her up for me is her absolute dedication and conscientiousness, her thoroughness in everything she did.”

Roz, who was born to Irish parents in Paddington, London, moved to Shotton around 14 years ago through her husband’s work as a warrant officer in the Army.

Peterlee-born Trevor, who is now a health and safety manager, had family links in east Durham.

Roz and Trevor also have a son, Rory, a 34-year-old IT worker who travelled from his home in Canada when he heard the devastating news about his mother.

The couple had lived in Hartlepool for the past eight years.

Lea, who lives in London, expressed the family’s shock at her mum’s death, on November 25.

She said: “She had just retired and it was just so sudden. We didn’t know of any major health problems.

“We are just devastated.”