Tributes have been paid to a community stalwart who was a popular Hartlepool figure.
Northern Ireland-born Eileen McConnell passed away last week.
She took part in groups such as the The Flower Club, St Joseph’s Guild, St Teresa’s bowls and sewing groups, Hartlepool Ladies Choir and The Oddfellows.
A family spokesman said Eileen was “extremely active as a fund-raiser” and an outgoing, friendly, get-up-and-go person who was a tower of strength in times of need.
Eileen was born in County Down and met her future husband Terry McConnell, an RAF engineer, at a dance there.
They returned to his home town of Hartlepool and Eileen trained as a nurse at Whipp’s Cross Hospital in London.
They had three children Susan, Elaine and Ian. After raising the, Eileen returned to nursing.
Her family added: “Later she moved to Smart and Brown and through these jobs seemed (to us children) to know just about everyone in town.”
She was widowed 25 years ago yet still created a “fulfilling life” which included visiting her grandchildren and great grandchild, visiting relatives in Canada, America, Ireland and Southern England and touring Britain and Europe.
Her family has praised the care she received at the University Hospital of North Tees, adding: “She will be greatly missed by all her friends and family.”