The Requiem Mass for Maureen Whitcutt was held at St Mary's Church Newport yesterday.
Her son Mark gave a touching affectionate eulogy. Maureen was born in Marion Street in Pill in 1929 as Maureen Cecilia Denley.
In the war the family moved to Oswald Road. Mark recalled the excitement of his mother being called by her father out of the air raid shleter to watch 'something you will never see again'. It was 1940 and a German bomber was about to crash in Newport. Maureen's vivid recollection is of the plane's wing becoming entangled in the wires that tethered a barrage ballon named 'Ozzie'. It was located at the recreation ground where St Michael's School now stands. The plane crashed causing fatalities in Stow Park Avenue.
Maureen worked most of her life as a secretary in Whiteheads in Newport and then Bracknell. She never settled there because of her powerfully Newport-centric personality. She married Glyn Whitcutt who was destined to become a distinguished engineer in the Welsh Office. Both had a keen interest in politics shaped in her case by her upbringing in Pill. Glyn and Maureen lived a very happy life for many years in the house in the Gaer where Mark still lives.
Both enjoyed great satisfaction in Mark's successes as a solicitor and politician. Maureen's recent illness was distressing and Mark paid a heartfelt tribute to the care she received at the Field's Home Newport where she spent her final year.
I remember Maureen as a warm intelligent loyal friend. She had high standards and fiercely defended the Labour Party and she was dedicated to our highest ideals. She worked tirelessly for the Party and other good causes. Her large family were present at the Requiem and there were beautifully delivered readings from relatives. She will be greatly missed.
May she rest in peace.