Wednesday 23 November 2022

Death of Police Widow: Maureen Cromarty (wife of retired Superintendent David Edward Cromarty)

It is with deep regret that we inform you of the death of Maureen Cromarty, who passed away in University Hospital of North Durham, on 17th November 2022, aged 83 years.

Maureen was the widow of retired Superintendent David Edward Cromarty, who died on 22nd October 2022, aged 83 years.

Maureen was born in Preston, Lancashire and after leaving school she trained as a journalist with a local newspaper.  However, due to her father’s promotion within the Civil Service the family moved to Northallerton in North Yorkshire.  Their home was two doors away from the man she would spend the rest of her life with; David Edward Cromarty.  Their relationship quickly blossomed and on 15th August 1959 they married.

In 1962 David joined Durham Constabulary and Maureen became a typical police office’s wife of the 1960’s, taking in stray children, stray dogs and the odd stray arrested person at their police house in Coxhoe.

In 1973 Maureen became an administrator for Durham County Council; a role she later undertook with Bedfordshire County Council when they moved there, due to David gaining promotion to Superintendent in that Force.

The couple retired in 1991 and moved back to County Durham and enjoyed a long and very happy retirement together, travelling the world and completing 54 cruises!

Following David’s sad death in October 2022 Maureen suddenly fell into serious illness and in a matter of days passed away, perhaps of a broken heart following 63 years of happy marriage.

Maureen is survived by son David (retired Ch Insp) and partner Clare, daughter Suzy and partner Mick (who reside in New Zealand), grandson Stuart and granddaughters Emma and Jody and 5 great grandchildren.

A funeral service will take place at 3.00pm Thursday 1st December 2022 at Durham Crematorium, South Road, Durham DH1 3TQ.

Family flowers only, any donations in lieu to Cancer Research.

Following the service, friends are invited to join the family at the Honest Lawyer, Croxdale DH1 3SP.

Our thoughts are with Maureen’s family and friends at this very sad time.

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