Tributes to kind hearted Connie

Connie Barstow, widow of author Stan Barstow, died on May 9.
Connie Barstow, widow of author Stan Barstow, died on May 9.

A GENEROUS and kind hearted woman who encouraged her husband, Stan Barstow, to become a modern day literary legend has died.

Constance Barstow, known as Connie, died aged 84 on May 9 after a long illness.

Her daughter, Gill Barstow, paid tribute her mum and credited with playing a significant role in her father’s success.

Mrs Barstow, 54, said: “She was a great supporter of my dad throughout his writing career. I think mum did really encourage him to go into writing in the first place.

“During the vast majority of his writing career mum was there behind him, cooking us dinner, keeping us quiet, and providing a lovely home for all of us.

“She was an extremely generous person. In fact her last words to me were ‘I’ve been so lucky’.”

Novelist Stan Barstow rose to fame in the 1960s with his most popular book, A Kind Of Loving.

The couple met at Ossett Grammar School and both worked at Charles Roberts in Horbury before marrying.

They also had a son, Neil Barstow, now 57.

The couple separated 20 years ago and although Mr Barstow moved away, Mrs Barstow remained living on Millfields in Ossett, her home town.

Her daughter said: “She was very well-known. She was the kind of person who would go and volunteer cooking dinners for older people and then it would turn out most of them were younger than she was.

“She would always welcome the local children into her home and in summer she made lots of ice lollies for them.”

For many years Mrs Barstow was the secretary of the Save the Children fund.

She regularly organised Christmas concerts at Ossett Town Hall and helped to run a toddler group at Christ Church in South Ossett,

A funeral will take place at Christ Church, South Ossett, on Wednesday, May 23, at 1pm. For information contact Eric F Box Funeral Directors on 01924 271612.