Ann Elizabeth Hyams, Aug 1943 - Nov 2013
Ann Hyams was born on 1 August in
Hampshire and brought up in Bath. Sadly,
she was told she was suffering from terminal cancer on the day of her husband
Colin’s Mayor Making Ceremony. In 2002,
when Ann and Colin moved to Godmanchester, she decided she wanted to give
something back to the community, so Ann volunteered to put together the Bridge
magazine which she did for the next five years.
Her mother, Elizabeth Ann,
was a teacher in Gambier, Ohio, USA. Her
father, Charles Jenkin, was a Fellow of the Academy of Optometric
Practitioners. He was made a Freeman of
the City of London in 1933.
Ann had a very varied life,
from growing up and studying to be a Young Farmer to selling timeshares in
Tenerife and on to desktop publishing while working in Bradford for the
Industrial Society, which later became the Work Foundation.
She raised four sons,
Robert, Michael, David and Timothy with her first husband, Tony, on a farm near
Hereford, where she became a competent horse rider.
Ann met Colin on the
internet and their first date took place in a service station on the M1. They subsequently went for a riverside walk
and ‘just clicked’. They married in San
Diego in 1997 during one of their regular trips to the USA, as they both had a
love of American Football. She was also
very proud of having four grandchildren as well as making an instant hit with
her stepfamily. Ann always loved sport
and in recent years become a season ticket holder at the Peterborough Phantoms
Ice Hockey Club as well as the London Broncos Rugby League Club.
Ann was a lovely lady - inoffensive, kind, thoughtful and helpful.