It’s a certainly a Bittersweet Symphony this life.
Just as our cracking community was celebrating the sell out success of the #KeepCadstock Alive Campaign, news was also trickling through on my facebook feed that our town had, once again, lost one of our own.
Heartbreaking to hear that Sian Lewis, another of Barry’s brightest stars, like so many others, had found herself in the deepest and darkest places.
Another life gone shockingly too soon, as the town come to terms with yet another loss.
I liked Sian, and am sending my sincerest condolences to those family and close friends whose pain at her passing must be almost unbearable.
As always, I totally get that we never know what demons are battled daily so I make no comment on her back story – it’s not my tale to tell, or business to know.
Once thing I do know though is that Sian was the devoted Mum of Mason and Nevaeh Mai and the cherished daughter of Cheryl & John. She was a loving step daughter to Phil, adored Nan of Lucian, much loved grand daughter of Cliff.
And, of course, dear sister of twin Claire, and brother Wayne.
I have also been touched by the tons of tributes on social media, complete with snaps of happier days, from Sian’s many, many friends, as they share both their grief, and their memories.
Much love to you all from me and mine.
One of Sian’s closest friends has also set up just Giving Page to raise £500 to pay tribute and help support the family with funeral costs.
The page was set up to facilitate all of those who wish to offer support, sympathy and help following the local girl’s devastating death.
It says: “The family have lost their loving daughter, Mum and sister, and are facing a situation that no person on this earth should have to. These are are children, parents and siblings saying goodbye to their child.”
And confirms that all funds raised on this page will go directly towards the family to help with the funeral finances.
We can all say a final goodbye at All Saints Church, Barry on Friday 21st February at 1:30pm, followed by a private family and close friends committal service.
Sian May Lewis you will certainly be missed more than you’ll ever know.
Rest in Peace.
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Sue Vincent-Jones, writing as Mrs SVJ, is a Barry born journalist, editor, and communications specialist. She blogs about Barry – and her life in the wider world, through the eyes of a, quirky and queer, local girl done good.
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