Friends gather to pay tribute to 'Chesterfield legend' after her sudden death aged 56

Friends of a ‘Chesterfield legend’ have gathered to pay tribute following her sudden death aged 56.

Tuesday, 15th June 2021, 9:08 pm
Friends described Sharon Courtney as a 'Chesterfield legend' following her death aged 56

Sharon Courtney sadly passed away at her home in Newbold at the end of last month.

The 56-year-old was a familiar face to many in Chesterfield town centre having visited the area on a daily basis before the pandemic hit – and friends say that lockdown took a toll on her.

On Friday, her friends with whom she had met through her travels into the town joined together for a small memorial service outside the Potato Van on Burlington Street where Sharon was a regular customer.

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Friends Aldine Boyce and Gill Sims gathered to pay tribute to Sharon outside the Baked Potato van on Burlington Street

Aldine Boyce, who helped organise the memorial event, said: “She was beautiful and one of her own. She used to be in every conversation and was such a social person, I just can’t believe she has gone.”

Sharon is said to have been very well cared for by a team of carers and her family for many years.

She also had a partner who was a ‘terrific support’ throughout her entire adult life, according to her sister Lisa.

Ted Edwards who runs the Baked Potato van on Burlington Street paid tribute to Sharon who was a loyal customer of his

Mum-of-six Amanda Bradshaw said Sharon actually guessed she was going to give birth to her twin girls, Betsy and Binky, before she even knew herself.

Paying tribute, she said: “I’m just gutted and can’t believe it has happened. Sharon liked to be in a routine and she would be at Costa in Tesco every morning at 7.30am. She was a Chesterfield legend and was such a special person and a lovely lady who loved her food.”

Another friend, Tracey Struggles, who had known Sharon approximately 10 years, said: “Sharon loved children and she loved them as they were her own because she didn’t have any of her own.

"She was a force to be reckoned with and was somebody you could turn to. She always saw children as a gift to be treasured and you could see the warmth come from her and she knew how to talk to them and how to handle them.

Friends held a service to remember her at the Baked potato van.

"She would spoil them if she wanted to...she was known as nanny Sharon. She just had such a positive outlook on life and made a positive impact on everyone she met.”

Sharon’s family thanked her friends for the touching tribute they held.

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Ted Edwards who runs the Baked Potato van on Burlington Street. Local Vicar says a prayer with her friends at the Baked potatoe van.