Dawn Johnston

I had the great privilege of calling Dawn a colleague and a friend for many years.  Kind-hearted and generous, there was no one like her in how she gave of her time and cared for those around her no matter how busy she was.  She brought her endless energy into any situation or meeting and always talked to everyone and made them feel valued.  No matter how tough a day people were having she would lighten the mood and remind them of how lucky they were to be doing such an interesting and engaging job.  She has played a massive part in my career and I will always be grateful for the support, guidance and encouragement she gave me.  She was equally respected and valued by her clients, building excellent relationships with them and always being willing to go the extra mile.

Dawn was great in conversation and never short of something to say.  She had such varied interests including football (and Liverpool), cricket, sport in general, poetry, literature, music, singing and the Archers, to name a few.

She had a strong and determined faith and it was wonderful to be able to discuss my faith with her.  It was with this faith that she faced the challenges in her life and her illnesses with a quiet resoluteness and character that is an inspiration to me and others around her.  That faith did not waver in the slightest even in her final days and I will always value having had the chance to go to see her and read the Bible and pray with her.

She will be greatly missed around the office and numerous times I have thought to myself, “I must tell Dawn about that” and am reminded again of how much I miss her but also how lucky I was to have known her. 

She is in a better place now, home with her mummy and daddy and Alan.

For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.  When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.  For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.  1 Corinthians 13:9-12

Gareth Martin

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