Remembering Jean Porter

A very long standing member of our tennis club, Jean Porter passed away peacefully earlier this month following a long illness.

A service will take place at Slough Crematorium at 10:30am on Tuesday 5th September.

It will be followed by a service of thanksgiving for her life at St Giles’ church in Church Lane, Stoke Poges beginning at 12 noon.

A relative who is making arrangement for the services states in terms of dress  –

‘I think everyone should come as they see appropriate.        From my perspective: black tie or full colour makes no difference. It is an opportunity to celebrate the life force that was Jean. I will just be happy to see everyone there! Tartan brought a smile to my face. Her Scottish heritage was something Jean was particularly proud of.’

She contributed to the heritage of the village over many decades.
Originally from Slough, she lived in Stoke Poges since 1971 and was the local expert on the history of St. Giles’ Church. She had been a guider including being Brown Owl in Slough. Jean was a member and past President of the village WI, a Committee member of the Middle Thames Archaeological and Historical Society also a Vice-President of the Stoke Poges, Wexham and Fulmer Horticultural Society. Jean also worked as a volunteer Steward at St. Georges Chapel, Windsor.
She was a member of The Scot’s Society of St. Andrew, Slough, Eton and District where she enjoyed Scottish dancing. Jean enjoyed travelling and took some excellent photographs and won awards at another one of her clubs, the Stoke Poges Photographic Club.
Jean Porter, ALAM worked as a scientific civil servant at the Pest Infestation Laboratory, in Slough for many years but had always been interested in acting. She gained three diplomas in Speech, Acting and Verse Speaking from LAMDA and regularly participated in plays, pantos, revues and musical shows and recorded talking books and newspapers.
She was devoted to her two cats that were rehomed earlier this year after Jean was

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  1. Libby Rettner
    Libby Rettner says:

    I am so sorry to hear that Jean Porter died. I had just been about to write to her to tell her my own father had passed away last month, when I came across this on the internet. My mother Beryl Wakelin was Jean’s friend from the 1960s when they met at Pest Infestation Labs up until my mother died in 1972. I remember them playing tennis together. My mother attended Jean’s wedding to Harry Porter, and I just brought slides from that day back with me from my father’s house to my home here in San Jose, California. I remember Jean so well, such a lively and fun person. My sister and I joined her Brownie troop for a while. We attended church with her at Stoke Poges when we were in our early teens. And I remember her letting us take turns to ride a short distance on the back of her moped! Of course I remember her love of cats – our family were cat lovers too. Her last Christmas card to my father mentioned her two remaining cats.

    Please could you pass this on to any relatives of hers. If they are interested, I have a few scanned photos of her wedding to Harry and another one taken beside an ornamental pond with my sister, my father and me – my mother took the photograph.


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