‘She was my life’ – adored wife of Hartlepool hospital campaigner passes away

HAPPY DAYS: Keith Fisher with his beloved wife Elaine
HAPPY DAYS: Keith Fisher with his beloved wife Elaine

THE adored wife of an avid hospital campaigner has died.

Elaine Fisher, nee Olaman, passed away suddenly at home much to the devastation of her beloved husband Keith who today described her as a “beautiful person both inside and out”.

Elaine Fisher

Elaine Fisher

Elaine, who was a hospital protester in her own right, had been feeling unwell for a short time and was lying in bed on Saturday, November 29.

Keith, who met and began courting Elaine when she was 16 and he was 18, took her up a cup of tea but was unable to rouse her.

He called for their only son Michael, 41, who in turn phoned for paramedics around 7pm, but sadly Elaine had already died.

Keith – leader of Hartlepool’s Save Our Hospital Campaign – held back tears as he told the Mail: “Elaine was absolutely stunning, she was absolutely fantastic, and she didn’t just look beautiful, she was a beautiful person. There was nothing she couldn’t do.

“She was the love of my life, she was my life.”

Elaine, a trained hairdresser, singer and musician, grew up in Blackhall and was also a founder member and driving force behind the campaign to save the University Hospital of Hartlepool.

She and Keith were married on Elaine’s 21st birthday on May 25, 1966, at St Andrew’s Church, in Blackhall – poignantly where her funeral was being held at 11am today.

They lived in Middle Street before moving to Formby Close, in Hartlepool, in 1978.

Keith fondly joked how the pair had never had a holiday since 1968 due to Elaine’s love of being at home, save for one trip to Buckingham Palace.