Family pays tribute to wonderful mum and grandma
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The family of Sandra Smith have paid tribute to a loving wife, mum, grandma, godmother and dedicated football fan, who has sadly passed away at the age of 72.
Born in Aldershot in 1948, Sandra Jones grew up in a military family, spending time in Singapore and Sheerness before moving to Reading, where she would meet her husband Phil Smith.
In 1973, their first family home with sons Gary and Paul was a caravan in Washwater Newbury and then a house on Greenham Common.
Family holidays were spent in Devon, bringing fabulous memories of special summers in Goodrington, Paignton and Teignmouth.
The love for football grew in Sandra when she joined Phil for a game between Plymouth and Reading at Home Park in 1986.
The 1990 World Cup in Italy was a very special time for the Smith clan, as they hosted many World Cup parties over a thrilling summer and Sandra’s culinary skills came to the fore, including her famous pasties, quiches and cakes.
Grandchildren Jordan and Chloe arrived at the turn of the century before Phil and Sandra decided for a relocation to their beloved Torbay, first living in a holiday flat and then a Victorian home in Avenue Road.
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Sandra threw herself into Torbay life, joining the Lower Chelston Residents Association with Phil and they were both founder members of the Chelston Parks Friends Group, raising funds for new play equipment and fun days in Victoria and Sherwell Park.
She also helped organise bulb plant events, fun days, clean-up days, Christmas fairs and raffles, as well as being a member, when In August 2006, Sherwell ‘Pretty’ Park had the honour of becoming the first public park awarded the national ‘Green Flag’ in Torbay.
Sandra and Phil fell in love with Torquay United, having first watched the Gulls at Wembley in the Sherpa Van Trophy final in 1989.
Sandra and Phil were proud members of the Supporters’ Trust and played a huge role in the development of the Junior Gulls. Sandra also later became an avid Chelsea fan thanks to the influence of her grandson.