28 November 1967 – 26 December 2015
It is with great sadness that we report that Debs died suddenly at home on Boxing Day morning, 2015. Her family (including her brother and his family) had celebrated Christmas happily together and were with still with her on Boxing Day. In a situation such as this, it is difficult to find words that can adequately express the combination of shock and loss that we all feel.
Debs was admitted as a Solicitor in 1992 having obtained her LLB at Coventry University. She worked in private practice specialising in Family and Child Law and was head of the family department of a large East Midlands law firm. Debs began her teaching career at Leicester De Montfort Law School in January 2000. She taught a range of subjects on the undergraduate and postgraduate and professional law programmes including Family Law, Child Law, Public Law, and Litigation. Debs also launched the Child Care elective on the Legal Practice Course and designed and delivered the Foundation Pervasive Human Rights module on the LPC full time and distance learning course. For many years, she was committed to running the Pro Bono Law Clinic which required a great deal of preparation and administration. Since its inception, the law clinic has gone from strength to strength and many students have benefitted from Debs’ expertise, support, care and commitment.
We will all remember Debs as a warm, caring, generous and compassionate human being who had intelligence, intellect, and most of all, integrity in abundance. She was intuitive, honest and had a keen sense of right and wrong. Feisty, formidable and funny in equal measure, she had a highly developed sense of wit. She was principled and believed in old fashioned virtues such as honour, discipline and duty.
Debs enjoyed shopping – and in particular, she enjoyed shopping for shoes… regularly appearing with the latest purchase! She retained a keen interest in sport too, most notably football - although she supported Manchester United! And, like any other Mum, she would provide a regular taxi service for her children taking them to their football and cricket matches as well as taking her elder son Charlie to attend Marine cadet training. Debs enjoyed swimming, riding and walking. She loved to walk her cocker spaniel (Basil) in the fields near her home, and sometimes at Bradgate Park.
Debs and her family often visited Ventnor on the Isle of Wight, a place where she felt completely at home and retained family links there. She loved to walk on the beach listening to the sound of the waves crashing on the shore, or she could be found eating crab at Steephill Cove with her husband John whilst watching their boys surf. In the evenings she would enjoy a glass of New World Sauvignon Blanc in her favourite bar, The Met Bar, that overlooks Ventnor Beach.
Debs was more than just a work colleague, she was our friend. We will all miss her terribly. Hers is a very sad and untimely loss but we will keep forever the memory of her and her courage in our hearts. Our thoughts are with her husband John, sons Charlie and Joe and the rest of her family.
Posted on Wednesday 6th January 2016