In loving memory of Linda Davies who sadly passed away on 10th November.
The funeral service was held on Thursday 26th November at GreenAcres Chiltern.
Due to limited capacity, attendance was by invitation only, but a video of the funeral service is shared below along with personal tributes.
The world will be a poorer place without you in it. You were valued and loved by your family and friends and you will never be forgotten. Rest in peace dear Linda.
Linda you will be so much missed. You lit up the room when you entered and you always had time for everybody. You ran events with efficiency and your presence made them great fun. A great shock that you’re gone and sending all my love to your family, whom I know meant the world to you (and vice versa). You’ll forever be in our hearts and memories.
I didn’t know Linda for long, we were work colleagues at Wheelers Solicitors, but everyday I saw her she always put a smile on my face. She was such a warm, loving person who had time for everyone. She will be sorely missed by all the people/hearts she had touched. My love goes out to her family xxx
Although I only knew Linda for a short time, we just clicked and got on so well. I will really miss our wonderful conversations on the way home from work and our little adventures on public transport. I will never forget our trip home after the work’s Christmas party and having to eat our dessert on the train home! Linda will be forever in my heart and prayers. She was a dear friend whom I will miss greatly.
You were warm, caring and fun. I loved being in your company – you seemed to know everyone and had so many people who loved you. Rest in peace.
Linda was the warm and welcoming presence at any gathering. She was so kind, cheerful and friendly when we first met at the AWS and always had a pleasant word for everyone. Her enthusiasm for life was undiminished, even though she had so much adversity to overcome. She enriched the lives of so many and my life would have been the poorer had we not met. I will miss her.
I met Linda whilst working at a Solicitors firm in London. She became a good, caring, loyal friend. Taken from us far too soon. There was only one Linda. I will never forget my leaving do, another friend and you and I shared, that lovely evening. Thank you Linda. Rest in peace. Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.
Condolences to Linda’s family. Linda invited me on to the Association of Women Solicitors Committee and also was the administrator when I was Chair and supported me in all the activities of that year. We got to know each other during that year and she always spoke fondly of her family and enquired after mine in a caring way. She was dedicated to addressing the inequalities that exist for women in society generally and in the legal world in particular. Linda gave me permission this year to use a photograph of her on the website www.LegalWomen.org.uk She is with a number of lawyers attending a round table discussion and it is entirely appropriate to see her there smiling and participating in the type of event that she had promoted for many, many years. I am incredibly sad that she has passed away and thank her for her dedication.
I will miss my dear friend Linda so much – we’ve had such happy times together. It is so sad that we have all lost Linda’s loving intentions for her retirement and the real contribution she would have made – to Amnesty, where she was intending to volunteer, and to the lives of her family and friends.
Lovely Cousin Linda,
Living so far away, we got to know you only rarely. But every time that we did meet, your warm heart and generous smile were always evident. Your warmth, bright sense of humour and happy laugh will stay with us for a long long time.
Such a warm loving sister and auntie to all your nieces and nephews, You will be so greatly missed.
Big hugs and lots of love to all
Cathie, Bill, Luke and Charlie
I am so greatly saddened to hear of Linda’s sickness and passing.
As our lovely bridesmaid she will always hold a special place in my heart. She would have been about 6 years old at the time.
As a result of my moving to Australia, I missed the pleasure of seeing Linda grow up but
I will always remember her as a sweet little girl. She was about 3 to 4 yrs old and staying with us in Ty’rfran Ave . She was so cute and insisting on helping Grandad and I to carry bricks to the bottom of the garden . I had to find a piece small enough for her to carry, and carry it back , so that she could have one to carry again next time.
we are thinking of you all
Uncle Graham and family
I met Linda when I joined the Association of Women Solicitors London committee in 2011. Linda was always very much at the centre of the committee and she later took over the role of Administrator. I was chair in 2014 /2015 and that entailed working very closely with Linda, not least because we had decided to raise funds for the charity Womankind, that year and most of the profits we made from events that year went to the charity. This entailed Linda undertaking more work than was usual; which she did without demur. Linda had very strong friendships with most of the committee, who looked to her to clarify any points of order. She was also undertook most of the work in applying for honorary QC positions for a number of women solicitors and an MBE for one of our committee and had a 100 percent success rate. She was never happier than organising an event especially the AGM and dinner which always ran like clockwork. Linda was a very kind person and she ensured that if any of our committee were seriously ill they would receive flowers and support. I have fond memories of her enjoying a glass of champagne at Holland Park Opera and running round to ensure all attending were welcomed by her personally.
Ah Linda! – we knew each other for so many years – over 40 – and yet I didn’t know you enough and wish I knew you more. You were so kind – perhaps that above all. You were so good at caring for others. You worked so hard, never able to let go and have fun until it was ‘done’ – you put me to shame so often with my lazy, cavalier approach. You were so thorough and detailed and focussed. But then you drift in and out of my focus – disappearing after law school, reappearing again at a bus stop and disappearing again. I wish I had done more to know you. The world was a better place with you in it and even though I haven’t seen you for several years, I can feel your absence and I am sad.
I met Linda when we were law students together. A small group of us from the course remained friends and met up over the years for meals and trips out. On evenings after work we would swap news and put the world to rights over wine and lots of laughter and Linda was a strong and central character in the group. Individually she was cheerful company and warm and welcoming. I have many good memories of time spent together. Somehow I had not seen her in the last 4 or 5 years and was so saddened to hear of her illness and death. It was much too soon and I send my best wishes and sympathy to all her family.
My dear cousin
Family get togethers won’t be the same without you. Your interest in all family members old and young was so genuine. You gave people your undivided attention and really listened. We will miss your great sense of humour and caring heart.
Linda – you were taken too soon. We will miss you in our family get-togethers.
You were always such cheerful good company. May you rest in love and peace.
Uncle Hugh and Auntie Sylvia
Dearest Linda, Im sorry you have gone – too soon and Im so sorry not to have met up with you in the last 4 years. I became close friends with Linda as part of a close-nit group/ at law college. She was one of the gang, completely individual and so unique, a true feminist and true free thinker which always made her such fun and so thought provoking. God Bless Linda and find rest
x Jane Hinde
So so sad to hear of Linda’s untimely death. I have known Linda since the late 70s when
we were studying law at the City of London Poly. There was a group of mainly 6 of us (Jane, Jane, Pat , Malcolm, Linda and I) who usually sat near the front of the big lecture hall and endeavoured to keep each other smiling and sane under the pressure of trying to qualify as solicitors. Linda’s warmth and friendship was invaluable and we have remained friends over the years. We were a bit less in touch over the last few years since my retirement so it was a shock to hear of her serious illness and passing. I am pleased that you were able to be with her and look after her at the end, Ann.
Love Patrick and Brenda
Kind, Cousin Linda
So hard to put into words how kind you were and interested in all our lives – how we shall miss your cheerful soul hugely at family parties. Rest in Peace kind cousin Linda x
In the early 1980’s, Linda was studying law at the City of London Polytechnic. She was part of a group of friends that all helped each other throughout the intensive 2 year course. Afterwards, an informal ‘college law group ‘ was set up with evening meetings in pubs and restaurants etc. Linda played an important role as often she was the main organiser. This way, we helped each other by discussing our respective jobs and experiences, pleasures and problems. And also helping each other in obtaining jobs. Once, during my departure from a Solicitor’s firm in Kings Cross, Linda was accepted as the best replacement candidate!
Linda’s presence was always warm, friendly and welcoming. Linda also organised trips for us all to visit gardens, the Great Dexter visit being the most memorable. And Linda frequently attended the choral concerts of the choir I sing in.
Very regrettably, we lost contact with her over the last few years. So receiving this sad news was both a severe shock but it also induced a great feeling of regret that there had been no recent contact.
Linda though will always remain a member of our group,
My condolences to all the family for their sad loss.
In hard times that seem to have no end,
Nothing beats the thoughtfulness
of extraordinary family & friend.
Your kind heart & helping hand,
along with patient listening
and ability to understand,
made a burden we thought impossible to bare
fade into something conquerable
because you were always there.
Words cannot express how grateful we will always be for your unfailing support & kindness, and how much we will both miss you. You will forever be in our thoughts & in our hearts.
All our love xx
Rhys & Emma Jones
I first met Linda in 98 or 99, when she joined the solicitors firm where I was then working. We sat at adjacent desks. She was great to work with, always interested in all aspects of the law and indeed also Justice. She specialised in personal injury and I was doing family law. She covered a Hearing for me in Highgate and I remember the head of L B Haringey’s family law department, Gerald Lloyd, saying how well she had conducted the hearing. Her interest in the law was wide ranging. She attended public lectures and was a stalwart of the Association of Women Solicitors.
But mainly I remember her as a close friend over the ensuing 20 years. In some ways it was an odd friendship. I never once went to her home although she lived very close by. But she was always very happy to come and see my husband John and me. We enjoyed many jolly evenings sitting around the supper table.
She introduced me and many others to the wonderful Matthew Bourne winter ballets at Sadler’s Wells. Equally to summer Operas in Holland Park. She enjoyed the theatre, art exhibitions and films.
And books. She joined our book club in 2003. She chose some very interesting books to read over the years. And enjoyed cooking for us all when it was her turn to host, (although never in her own home) until Covid moved Book club to Zoom. The last Book club she attended was in October.
And she got on with everyone! She was always interested and caring.
John and I visited her in Manchester when she was working there. We stayed nearby in an hotel but she hosted us at her Manchester home for meals, introduced us to her landlady who was also a great friend of hers,and took us to a great restaurant where a Pop Star, ‘Badly drawn boy’, was eating. Being Linda, she knew exactly who he was, unlike us. On another occasion we all went to Liverpool to see a Klimt show at the Tate Gallery. Again, a memorable trip, combining great company, great art and good dining.
Sadly for me, I saw less of her in the last few years, partly as she started spending more time in South London. But she did come and visit us in our new home south of the river in February. I am very pleased we had that last supper together. And Linda, Dorothy (another member of book club who formed a close friendship with Linda) and I were planning our annual Aries Lunch get-together when Covid Lockdown 1 struck.
She was a lovely warm humorous person who will be much missed in our circle. And she loved a party!
Rock on, Linda
We will miss your infectious laugh,
And the way you light up a room.
We will miss your silly nicknames,
And our funny quizzes over zoom.
We will miss your hugs but you will still be there,
And our love for you we will forever share.
I remember Linda well when she was our AWS administrator and she always organised everything so well you knew it would run smoothly. If it wasn’t clear where a venue entrance was Linda would be waiting to look out for people and guide them the right way. I enjoyed walking with her several times on the London legal walks. She will be sadly missed.