October 20, 1917 – July 10, 2015
at the age of 97 years
Jocelyn Mary Wynne was born in England on October 20, 1917 and died peacefully on July 07, 2015. She was the only child born to John and Mildred Thurnam.
Jocelyn was educated at a private school in Slough, England and later by Nuns in Hull. She was always interested in sports and loved to play field hockey, net ball and tennis. Following her school years, she worked in a local bank.
When the Second World War broke out Reg joined up and, Jocelyn joined the Women’s Land Army, replacing the men who had gone off to war. Jocelyn’s Mom didn’t think so much of the Land Army so she turned to the Women’s Royal Air Force (WRAF), and trained as a radar operator. For the next four years, Joc watched and reported the waves of German bombers crossing the English Channel.
After the war Jocelyn worked at the local girl’s high school in West Hartlepool on the North East coast of England, and once again was able to indulge her great passion for field hockey. She travelled to the United States, coached school teams there and was invited to coach at Harvard University. She made her first journey to Canada with the English field hockey team at the World Championships as an umpire.
Jocelyn and Reg moved to Cornwall in 1974 to be closer to their daughter and three grand-children. Sadly Reg, the great love of her life, died two years later; but Jocelyn didn’t slow down. She was an active member of the Women’s Institute and was invited t4o the Queen’s garden party at Buckingham Palace and together with a thousand other W.I.s sang “Jerusalem” at the Royal Albert Hall.
She started a bridge club which remains active today and where she was a lifetime member. She had a keen eye for flower arranging and she won prizes at the local fair and took her turn “doing the flowers” for the church. She played a challenging game of darts, touring local pubs with the village sports club team, and acted in SCATS the Stoke Climsland Amateur Theatrical Society. Jocelyn volunteered as a guide at Cothele House, a 500 year old National Trust property; and was very proud of her knowledge.
In 2004 Jocelyn came to Eagle Bay to join her daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Rod Dale.
She played a mean game of bridge at Cedar Heights and Blind Bay bridge clubs; and continued to follow sports on TV, especially rugby and tennis. She never quite approved of ice hockey because the players use both sides of the stick which is seriously against field hockey rules.
Jocelyn was actively involved with the Sorrento Glee Club, Eagle Bay Hall Society and Eagle Bay Community Church until nature forced her last move to Piccadilly Care Home.
Her family is so very grateful to the caregivers at Piccadilly. The kind and sensitive care provided by such young people to the old they hardly know has been an inspiration to the family.
This lady was truly an inspiration to all who met her. She is sadly missed.
(This obituary is based on an article written by Carole Kuhnel on the occasion of Jocelyn’s 90th birthday.)