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Pals line streets for ‘Holloway hero’ Sharon

Friends and family in moving farewell to woman who was ‘beating heart of the community’

03 July, 2020 — By Calum Fraser

A horse-drawn hearse in Sharon Jobe’s funeral procession, which stopped for a moment’s silence outside the Goodinge Centre

APPLAUSE rang out from friends and family of a community campaigner as they lined the streets to see a horse-drawn hearse carry a Holloway “hero” to her final resting place.

A crowd of up to 150 people gathered in North Road, just off Caledonian Park, bidding farewell to the 59-year-old Sharon Jobe.

Her coffin was carried down the road with her two children, James and Joanne, walking behind, and stopped for a moment’s silence outside the Goodinge Centre – where Ms Jobe was described as the “beating heart of the community”.

Ms Jobe with children Joanne and James

James, 28, told the Tribune: “It was good to see how much appreciation people had for my mum and how much she meant to them.”

Ms Jobe spent her days organising events at the Goodinge Community Centre for the elderly and helping families at the Lumpy Hill adventure playground in Market Road. In the evenings she worked at The Unicorn pub in Camden Road as a barmaid for 15 years.

She was a pivotal figure in the regeneration of the Market estate, what is now the Parkside estate off Caledonian Park, after 12-year-old Chris Pullen was killed when a vandalised door fell on him.

At the memorial service, held in Islington Crematorium, she was described by friends and family at the service as a “force of nature”, a “hero” and “inspiring”.

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