June remembered by classic car parade

June Pointer, a classic car lover, in her younger years
June Pointer, a classic car lover, in her younger years

THE family of a healthcare worker and liberal activist who died last month led a classic car procession at her funeral.

June Pointer, of Godwin Road, died aged 88 after a short illness on August 6.

Son Jeff, husband Bob Pointer and daughter Merrill Pointer at June's funeral

Son Jeff, husband Bob Pointer and daughter Merrill Pointer at June's funeral

After her funeral on Monday, August 22, Mrs Pointer’s family, friends and colleagues lead a parade of classic cars to Hastings Crematorium, in memory of Mrs Pointer, known to friends as Min, was born in 1923, and moved to Hastings in 1949.

She became a nurse at Fernbank and St Helen’s Hospitals, and later a childcare officer for The Stars Foundation for Cerebral Palsy in Bexhill, a charity working with children with that condition.

With her first husband, Alan Ratcliffe, she had three children, Amanda, Roddy and Geraldine, before marrying Bob Pointer in 1963 and having two more, Robert and Merrill.

Grandson William Powys said Mrs Pointer had been a staunch Liberal Democrat activist, once standing for election in Mount Pleasant ward, and a lover of classic vehicles.

“Bob and Min were a regular sight at the many classic car rallies over the south east,” he said. “In Bob’s green Mk9 Jaguar along with their two Old English Sheepdogs, Fluffy and Bridie.

“Both dogs liked to pull on the lead, Fluffy forwards and Bridie backwards, hence them becoming nicknamed the Pushmi-pullyus after the Doctor Dolittle film character.”

June leaves a husband, four surviving children, a stepson, four grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.