Memorial Page 2020

As the Covid-19 spreads across our community we have opened this page for everyone who wishes to record and remember the lives of people in Moseley who have died. We wish to include everyone, particularly at a time when normal funerals and memorial services cannot take place.

Some will have died in hospital and have been tested for virus, others will have died with symptoms but without testing. We want to include everyone who has died during this difficult time whether before their time or from natural causes.

We wish them all to be remembered.

Pauline Cable

Gill Davies sent us this message:
“Pauline Cable lived on Billesley Lane for over 40 years. She passed away in the early hours of Thursday 1st May, aged 88.
She was an avid dog and cat lover and would always have a bowl of fresh water outside her gate and doggy treats to hand out to any dog walkers passing by. Pauline was fiercely independent but had spent the past 15 months in a care home after a fall at home left her unable to look after herself.
She was taken in to hospital with breathing difficulties and passed away a couple of days later from Covid19.”

Graham Collingwoode Underhill

Graham Hindley has sent us this report:
“Graham Collingwoode Underhill, who has died aged 90, was the last in his family line to reside in Moseley, Birmingham. His parents, Baron Underhill and Gladys Barton, both came from old Moseley families dating back to the 19th century and were married at their Parish Church of St Anne in Park Hill in 1928.

Baron, following WW1 service as a signalman, returned to his Architects practice to specialise in the design of houses in the Arts and Crafts style, designing what was to be the family home in the late 1920’s, where Graham was to reside for majority of his life, in St. Albans Road.

Graham was educated at Rugby and Emmanuel College Cambridge, where the seeds were sown for his stoic precision of the English Language and his ability to maintain high values and standards in every activity he undertook.

After National Service, where he spent most of his time in the intelligence corps in Vienna, he then went on to follow his father as a signalman for seven years attaining the rank of Lieutenant.
Following a brief spell at Joseph Lucas, he was in the summer of 1965 appointed by Canon Lunt as a language master at King Edward’s High School, teaching English, German, French and Spanish, participating in many school trips to the continent. Graham went on to spend the next 30 years there, latterly as admissions registrar, a position he carried in his customary precise way.

During all of this time he worshipped at his beloved Church of St Anne, where he served twice as Churchwarden, for over 30 years, firstly at the young age of 29; helping to sustain the fabric, the good order of which today is a testimony to his perseverance.

Graham, who was a true quintessential gentleman very much of the old school, is survived by his first cousin once removed, Jonathan Pitman, to whom we send our sincere condolences at this sad time.”   

Articles about the Underhill family’s role in World War I, written with Graham’s considerable assistance, can be read here and an article about the career of Graham’s father, Baron, is also available here.

Jill Shoesmith

Some of you may remember Jill Shoesmith who lived in Cotton Lane for many years with her husband Michael and children Paul and Claire. They were early members of the Moseley Society. Jill worked at Wake Green Surgery and Michael, when he could spare time from his work as a member of Birmingham 13’s Editorial Board, at Pebblemill with the BBC.

We are very sad to tell you that Jill died on 16 April. She was in hospital being treated for a serious kidney problem and was about to be discharged when it was found out that she had contracted the Covid-19 virus from which, unfortunately, she did not recover.

Pauline Conmee

Pauline Conmee died on 14th April 2020 at Highbury Nursing Home, Moseley aged 82.

Her daughter, Mary McEvoy writes:
“Mum heralded from a family of 12 in Boyle, Co Roscommon, Ireland. She arrived in Birmingham in the late 50s where she met and married our dad Paul, also from Boyle.  They went on to have 5 children: Paul, Mary, Dominic, Kevin and Oliver.

Mum’s family have a long history with Moseley. Her 2nd (?) cousin was Sir Patrick Hannon, Conservative MP for Moseley back in the 1920s.

Mum is to be buried at Brandwood Cemetery.”

David D Mishra

Doreen Deakin writes:
”It is with my heartache that I write about the passing of my beautiful Dad, David D Mishra. He and Mum, (Sylvia Mishra) lived in Moseley Birmingham for over 50 years and were hugely active in the community back in the day. A few of their friends are still around although it is more likely the bigger reunion will be heaven. Dad worked at BT for 40 years and dedicated his life, along with Mum, to their family, friends and helping anyone who need help. They were active in the Catholic Church and loved supporting the community and the elderly. After mum passed in 2011, Dad continued to be active in the community until his last few months and his conditions worsened, he had heart failure & diabetes but sadly it was Coronavirus Covid-19 that speeded up his time with us. He is loved forever and always will be missed.”

The two photographs above show Dad and me in the first one and then my beautiful parents in 2007 celebrating their 50th Wedding anniversary. They had 54 years together before Mum passed.”

Pat Dowell

Sadly, we report that Pat Dowell, a Moseley resident for many years, died in her sleep at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on 8 April 2020.

Pat contributed greatly to many local activities especially in her younger days. She will be remembered for her lovely smile.

Michael Wakelam

See tributes from the Babraham Institute and Richard Lutz  (published by the Birmingham Press) and a full  obituary from The Guardian.

“As you will see from the announcement from the Babraham Institute here, before taking up the post of Director in 2007, Michael had been Professor of Molecular Pharmacology in the Institute for Cancer Studies at the University of Birmingham. When he took on Directorship of the Institute in Cambridge, the Wakelam family continued to live in Moseley and have been members of The Moseley Society for many years.

Not only was Michael a passionate scientist, he was also an enthusiastic member of our community. He helped establish Moseley Forum in 1998 and became its first Treasurer. I’ve attached a photograph of the vote being taken at the second public meeting in St Columba Church Hall. That’s Mike in the front row, turning to ensure all the effort we’d put into leafletting the whole of Moseley had paid off and we had secured a majority vote in favour of setting up the Forum.

I will always think of him as someone who led from the front. Not only is this a terrible loss for his family and for science – it is a tragedy for our community too.


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