Winnie Johnson’s Funeral

Family, friends and many people from the community gathered at Church today to say goodbye to Winnie.

The large number of family and friends was itself a great tribute to this brave and courageous mother.

The service was conducted by Canon Ian Gomersall, Rector, with the assistance of Revd Kim Wasey and Revd John Grant.

Stephen Prescott, grandson, and Elizabeth Bond, family friend, spoke of Winnie’s life, and Fr Ian gave an address. Copies of what Fr Ian, and Elizabeth said are available by clicking on: Winnie’s funeral addresses All speakers spoke of Winnie’s forthrightness and sense of humour and her outstanding example as a mother, grandmother and friend.

Winnie’s favourite hymns were chosen for the funeral, including the one she loved most The Old Rugged Cross. At the end of the prayers Mtr Kim lit a candle at the centre of the altar as we remembered how Winnie always lit a candle at the end of Mass.

The funeral was followed by a private burial.

Fr Ian comments: I am grateful to all who made this a special day for Winnie and her family, and wish to thank the churchwardens, church people and others who helped prepare a fitting funeral for Winnie. The police and press were most helpful and sensitive to the nature of the day. Thanks be to God for Winnie, a light in our lives. May she rest in peace.

A BBC report on the funeral is here.

The Independent reports on the funeral here. And the Manchester Evening News here.

Past entry:  Memorial service for Keith Bennett


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8 Responses to Winnie Johnson’s Funeral

  1. Lynda C Grainger says:

    R.I.P Winnie Johnson . May your god be with you, Our thoughts & prayers go out to your family at this very sad time may the angels look after you now sweet dreams Winnie x

  2. rest in peace winnie you will be sadly miss by so many of us it was a great pleasure knowing you and i will never forget you. you will alway live on in the hearts of your famliy and friend and people who you touch with your kindness and friendship my heart and prays go out to all your famliy and friends at this sad time may you rest in gods presences with keith god bless my friend will miss you 😦 xxxxx

  3. janet luckman says:


  4. Rest in peace. Keith will be found and brought back to you as you want.

  5. Andy the builder says:

    How can I donate money to winnies memorial fund?

    • Thank you for your enquiry via the church blog about donating to Winnie’s Memorial fund.

      Money can be sent to St Chrysostom’s Church, 4A Anson Road, manchester M14 5HQ. Cheques should be made payable to “St Chrysostom’s Church” – and please include a note that it is for Winnie’s memorial fund.

  6. christine jones says:

    rip winnie you will be sadly missed by everyone from gala bingo

  7. Steve & Veronica Singleton. (In Chile) says:

    May God welcome you Winnie, as a loving mother, at last reunited with your son.
    You have been an inspiration to many……And a true fighter for justice.
    Rest in peace good lady. I never met you, but you gave me an understanding of a mother’s love.
    I sincerely wish I could be there to sign that book….(maybe someone can do so on my behalf)
    I was 12 years old when Keith was lost.
    Winnie, You will never be forgotten by me…….or my people. ….Steve & Veronica.

    And thank you, St.Chrysotom’s for this opportunity to pay my respects to Winnie.

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