Sudden death of Golden Heart landlady Wendy Dallimore
THE heart has been ripped out of the Tredworth community since the death of landlady Wendy Dallimore, who was a "mother figure" to all who knew her.
The former boss of the Golden Heart suffered an asthma attack during a shopping trip on Friday and was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. She died the following morning aged 64.
Her family say her health deteriorated after a police raid on the pub and the upstairs flat she where she lived in December – which led to its closure.
She had run the Golden Heart for 17 years, since she it took on with husband Gary, who died less than a year after the couple moved in.
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Around 50 police officers were involved in the 2011 raid, arresting eight people. Wendy, who had no previous convictions, was found in possession of 3.8 grams of cannabis with a street value of just £10. Although she said she took the drug to help ease the pain of three cracked vertebrae, she was fined £70 by the courts. The pub was put up for sale and she lost her job as the landlady. Her family said this was a contributing factor to her ill health.
A family statement read: "Wendy was much loved by the local community and seen as a motherly figure for most, always ready with a smile and some friendly advice. She watched generations grow, families would bring in their children and their children would bring in their children. She was popular with youngster's and elderly alike.
"Unfortunately Wendy's health deteriorated after the police raid and closure of the pub. We believe that this stress ultimately contributed to her ill health and untimely death.
"Wendy will be missed by all those whose life she touched, she will also be sadly missed by her partner Michael Moore and her children, Kim, Michael, Nicola, Kerry and Ben."
Pat Scannell was a regular in the Golden Heart and helped establish Porky's Pensioner's Lunch Club with Wendy.
"Wendy was one of the greatest landladies you could ask for," he said. "A day after Wendy died there was a bunch of flowers outside the pub, that goes to show how highly she was thought of in the community."
Sister-in-law Jennie Dallimore, said: "Losing the pub and now Wendy will have a huge impact on the Tredworth community.
"Wendy was at the heart of the family and was always the life and soul."