Tributes paid to the very popular, indomitable and glamorous Vera Bishop

A familiar, friendly well-known Bexhill business woman, Vera Bishop passed away on March 16, aged 87.

Vera was a WAAF during the Second World War and met her late husband John, who was in the RAF, in 1945. After demobilization they married and settled in John’s family home in Bexhill.

Vera, together with John, owned and managed the Alexandra Guest house in Jameson Road, Bexhill, from 1959-67, before taking over the Alexandra Hotel in Middlesex Road, which they ran successfully until 1978.

Together with her two daughters, Barbara and Pauline, they successfully ran three hairdressing businesses in the town (Elizabeth’s, Mayfair & Barbara’s) for 40 years.

Vera became involved with the Bexhill RAFA club and enjoyed an active social life. She was a keen darts player and chairman of the local ladies darts league for 18 years, as well as being a player for 34 years.

Paying tribute to Vera, daughter Pauline said no matter how busy her mum was she always found time to talk to people. “Mum was very popular with the hairdressing clients and they all loved chatting to her!

“Mum always said that she and dad had been extremely lucky with their wonderful daughters, grand children and friends who had fulfilled their amazing lives. She totally immersed herself in her grand children’s lives and supported them in their various ventures.

“She had a indomitable zest for life, great sense of fun and was very a glamorous lady. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.”

Vera’s family have begun a ‘donation for a bench’ collection in her memory at Towners funeral directors, Bexhill, and plan to place the bench at Bexhill cemetery.