Much-loved resident Cynthia Hitchinson was remembered at a special service at Windsor Country Village recently where she lived for 31 years.
The 99-year-old great, grandmother was the longest standing resident. She and her husband George were among the first people to move into the retirement village at Vineyard in 1988.
Mrs Hitchinson was on the Residents Committee and was head of the Social Committee until she passed away.
She even organised the “Mid Year Roast” in June. Philip Edmonds, Strata Manager, Windsor Country Village, praised her huge involvement in village life saying she was a great asset to the community.
In 2015 she was nominated for the Senior Australian of the Year award. Her granddaughter Samantha Grenside said her nan loved her family. Cynthia was 17 when she married her first husband Joseph Bentley, They had a daughter Cathy but Joseph died young, leaving Cynthia a widow at the age of 39.
In the early 1970s she met George Hitchinson a police officer and they married in 1976. In 1985 the couple moved to Australia to be with her daughter Cathy.
Her granddaughter said: “Aside from George sadly passing away in 2005, Nan was a very happy person. An enthusiastic resident of the Village, organising many of the events, dinners, fetes and coach outings. Nan had many hobbies as she couldn’t sit still. (She) also loved her local Church (St Andrew Uniting) at Riverstone.”\Nan will always be remembered for her sense of community, her interests in craft and dogs, and her innate love of family. She will be missed.”