Oban council honours loving mum with hospice donation

June's family and fellow community councillors at the cheque handover to Oban's Macmillan Day Bed Unit. Pictured left to right: staff nurse Gillian Bisp, heathcare support worker Shona MacMillan, June's husband Eric Anfield and brother Gordon MacIntyre, and community councillors Duncan Martin, Jessie MacFarlane, and Marri Malloy.

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June Anfield, ‘a good, hard-working, loving and much-loved woman’ who sadly died in May, has been remembered by her fellow Oban community councillors with a donation to Oban hospital, in the month that shared her name.

June had been a loyal member of Oban Community Council for a decade, following in the footsteps of her father Kenneth. In honour of her service, the council donated £500 to the Macmillan Day Bed Unit in Lorn and Islands Hospital.

‘June hadn’t been ill for very long,’ said Penny Earle from the Humanist Society, at a celebration of her life in the Argyllshire Gathering Halls. ‘Her death on May 8 came far too early and much sooner than anyone had expected. It has been a great shock.

‘However, the end of June’s life was just the final chapter in a book full of achievement and love.’

At the commitment in Cardross Crematorium, the Humanist Society’s Ellen Gibson said: ‘June’s life was a happy one. She grew up in a close family and a close community. She was bright and made friends easily. She was always close to her family and made them proud.

The late June Anfield, whose decade on Oban Community Council, mostly as its secretary, has been honoured with a £500 cheque to the Macmillan Day Bed Unit in Oban hospital.

‘She was a wonderful mother to Mandy, Joni and Martin. She taught skills and kindness. She showed unconditional love. She showed how to have fun – lots of it.

‘June and Eric spent 37 years together, making comfortable homes for their family, taking them all over the UK and Europe, sharing parties, Cubs, music – lots of music – spontaneous trips around Argyll, big family holidays, laughter and life.

‘Outside the home, June worked hard in the Co-op, tourism and Tesco. She volunteered with the Cubs and Oban Community Council for many years. She tirelessly gave her time for the wellbeing of the community.

‘June didn’t know the meaning of the word ‘idle’ but she loved to settle down with a good book or film. With her close family, she wiped the floor at quiz nights in Oban. She loved a good party.

‘June’s passion, of course, was music. A memorable occasion was when she and Eric went to Berlin to see James Taylor to celebrate their 30th anniversary. [Her sister] Myrette was there and heard the singer say ‘I can tell these are fine people as he put his arms around them both for a photograph.

‘He was right. June was a fine person. In the words of his song, she ‘showered the people she loved with love’. She didn’t waste a moment of her time with you, time which was far too short. June’s life was all about other people – caring for them, laughing with them, loving them. And she was so much loved in return. She will be very much missed.’

June’s family thanked all the staff at Lorn and Islands Hospital who were ‘simply wonderful’.

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