Tributes to community advisor who died just days after retiring

Christine Armstrong, left
Christine Armstrong, left

A respected advice worker who helped solve problems for people in a South Tyneside community over almost quarter of a century has died suddenly – just days after retiring.

Christine Armstrong, 59, was looking forward to spending more time with her grandchildren after leaving her position as manager of Hebburn Neighbourhood Advice Centre earlier this month.

Nana’s batteries ran out

William Armstrong

But just seven days later she died in her sleep at her home in Wallsend.

The exact cause of her death is still not known, but today her husband Jim paid a touching tribute to his caring wife, mother to the couple’s two sons, consultant psychiatrist Daniel and paramedic David.

He said: “We were a very close couple and were planning the rest of our lives together as I was to retire at the end of the month. Christine absolutely loved the people of Hebburn and she identified with them and I know she was highly thought of by people in the town.

“She cared passionately about her work.

“As our oldest grandson, six-year-old William, said, ‘when nana’s died her batteries ran out’.”

Coun Jim Sewell, former chairman of Hebburn Neighbourhood Advice Centre, said: “Christine worked for advice services in Hebburn for 24 years and was very well-known and respected in the town for the work that she did.

“She must have helped thousands of people with their problems

“It came as a huge shock to learn that she had died just a week after retiring.

“We remember Christine fondly for her dedication to the people of Hebburn.”

Mrs Armstrong’s funeral is to be held at Whitley Bay Crematorium this Wednesday from 11.15am.