It is with great sadness at the Fetcham Residents Association that we learned of Linda Tippelt’s death on Easter Monday at the Princess Alice Hospice in Esher. She was 63.
Linda was a highly valued member of our committee. Her insights and ability to pose the difficult questions on any issue will be greatly missed. She was a true champion for the community.
In recent years Linda was at the forefront of efforts to improve local flood protection. After dozens of Fetcham homes were flooded in 2013 she set up the Leatherhead and Fetcham Flood Action Group.
With her detailed knowledge of the risks attached to building within flood plains, the FRA was delighted when she agreed to join our committee on a full-time basis. This was in spite of many other volunteering commitments.
At various times these included being an Olympic Gamesmaker, a school governor and a great contributor to the life of St Mary’s Church.
Linda was diagnosed with peritoneal cancer just before the first lockdown last year. Her treatment included a course of chemotherapy, and her husband Ed tells us that Linda and the family were grateful to have an essentially normal Christmas together.
In early spring however, Linda’s illness returned and she entered the Princess Alice Hospice. Ed has paid tribute to the care she received saying: “We were allowed to visit daily, and she spent the last four weeks of her life in comfort, being looked after by the most wonderful team of doctors and nurses, who ensured she did not suffer as her body continued to fail.”
Ed has asked us to say that the family do not wish anyone to send flowers, but instead to visit http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lindatippelt and make a donation to the Princess Alice Hospice, which is entirely dependent on charitable gifts.
As well as her husband Ed, Linda is survived by her three children, Sarah, Anna and Adam.
These are some of the tributes we have received.
FRA Chairman Tim Waller:
“During her membership on the FRA committee she demonstrated both knowledge and passion in all matters, especially those related to flooding issues. Indeed, I remember her speech at our specially convened meeting on the Mole Valley Draft Local Plan in March last year, where she spoke with such passion on the dangers of any development on the land at Fetcham Springs.
“In her 35 years as a member of the Fetcham community, she was committed to all aspects of village life and was an outstanding ambassador for the village. My committee and the wider activities she belonged to within Fetcham will miss her strong purpose in life, and commitment to her fellow human beings. May she rest in peace."
Julie Partridge, Curate at St Mary’s Church:
“We thank God for the huge contribution Linda made to St Mary's – both in her technical expertise designing our website and her artistic expertise as a florist, leading the team decorating our church so beautifully. What a pity the pandemic halted her plans for our Musicals in Bloom Flower Festival. She also made a great contribution to our village, founding the Leatherhead and Fetcham Flood Action Group and maintaining close contact with the Residents Association – and further afield running classes for silver-surfers getting to grips with computers, as a volunteer Games Maker with Team London at the London 2012 Olympics and beyond, a Governor and badminton coach at The Priory School in Dorking and managing a team of volunteers at Gatwick Airport helping distressed travellers. Linda was always ready and willing to help and she will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ed and the family.
FRA President and Surrey County Councillor Tim Hall:
“My thoughts are with Ed and her children at this difficult time. Linda contributed to our community in a variety of different ways including active membership of St Mary’s Church running the flower rota, a school governor at The Priory School, running a computer club for the elderly on Box Hill, setting up and running the Flood Action Group amongst others. But her kindness, hospitality and determined championing of our community and those in it leaves a lasting legacy.”
Surrey County Councillor for Fetcham West and Bookham, Clare Curran:
“It is very sad indeed to hear of Linda’s death. She was a remarkable person, working with so much energy and enthusiasm for the good of the community and despite her illness, we did not hear one word of self-pity or complaint from her.
Not many of you will know that Linda and I had encountered each other in the early 1980s, when we both worked at NatWest Bank – we had exchanged our happy memories of those days with many laughs.
Linda will be very much missed and may she rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this sad time.”
FRA Events co-ordinator Sara Gyngell
“I have known Linda for 20 years since I briefly helped on the St Mary’s church flower rota and then met again when she joined the FRA. I always felt her intelligence and ability to cut to the chase and not be blinded by the rhetoric was a real talent she possessed. In the last few weeks of her life not realising how ill she was I emailed her about QR codes of all things and she was full of advice on how to generate and apply them even at a time when she must of had a million other things to think about.
My condolences go to her family at this very sad time.”
FRA committee colleague, and Chair of Friends of the River Mole, Caroline Cardew-Smith:
“She was such a hard worker on behalf of the village and particularly with the flood action, she will be very missed.”