Tributes to award-winning South Shields great-grandmother who devoted life to helping people with Alzheimer's after she dies aged 90

An award-winning great-grandmother who devoted years of her life to helping people with Alzheimer’s has sadly passed away after a short battle with cancer.

June, from Brunswick Street, cared for her husband, Bill Coser, after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and was inspired by her experience to help others.

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He work saw her receive the Prime Minister’s Point of Light Award, in recognition of her fundraising.

June Coser, 90June Coser, 90
June Coser, 90

Sadly, in December, June was diagnosed with cancer and after a short battle, passed away peacefully at home in February, aged 90.

June, who leaves behind six children, 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, will be a big miss to the community, according to her daughter Dawn Bingham.

She said: “Despite her age she was always out and about doing what she could to help others. She was a very young 90 year old.”

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“She was so thrilled to get the Point of Life Award last year and was such a selfless person. She’ll be a massive miss to the community and our family. I’ve had so many lovely messages from people who knew her since she passed.”

June Coser receiving her Point of Light Award from South Shields MP, Emma Lewell-BuckJune Coser receiving her Point of Light Award from South Shields MP, Emma Lewell-Buck
June Coser receiving her Point of Light Award from South Shields MP, Emma Lewell-Buck

After being born in Croydon, Surrey, in 1931, June moved to South Shields in the late 1940s where she spent the remainder of her life.

During her career, June worked as a comptometer operator and catering manager and after retirement joined South Tyneside Alzheimer's Carers Committee and went on to become it’s chairwoman, doing everything from bag packing at Iceland and B&M – to organising events across South Tyneside – in an effort to raise funds.

June met her late husband Bill through a dating advert in the newspaper and the pair went on to marry in 1984, spending 29 years together.

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Despite facing a challenging time over the last two years due to Covid, June continued to follow her passion for fundraising through various collection boxes across South Shields.

June fundraising for Alzheimer's SocietyJune fundraising for Alzheimer's Society
June fundraising for Alzheimer's Society

June’s funeral will take place on Friday, March 18, at South Shields Crematorium, at 2pm, followed by a wake celebrating June’s life at the Sea Hotel.

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June with her late husband Bill CoserJune with her late husband Bill Coser
June with her late husband Bill Coser