|Birth: ||Jun. 10, 1919|
|Death: ||Dec. 7, 2008|
Clara Wainwright was my mother, the daughter of George Pegg and Clara Haresceugh Pegg. (They also had a son, George.) Her parents ran various businesses, including chip shops and pubs, but only scraped a living, so it was necessary for Clara to go out to work, aged 14, for a wage of 8 shillings a week. (40p)
She underwent training as a confectioner at Mrs Butterfield's shop near Cromwell Bridge, Salford. During the war she was drafted into a canteen in Trafford Park, but later returned to her trade with Miss Holland on Queens Road, Manchester.
In 1941 she married my father, Norman Wainwright. Unfortunately their first child, Sybil, died very young and this scarred Clara for the rest of her life. She always remained bitter about the loss.
Clara was interested in gardening and for many years was a stalwart of the Gorton Horticultural Society, usually running the refreshments at its Annual Show.
In 1967 the family moved from Gorton to Whitefield. A little earlier Clara left her employment and took on a job as assistant supervisor in the staff restaurant of Manchester Education Department. Her confectionary skills were then confined to the family, though she did make very grand wedding cakes for various people.
Later still she worked part time for Bury Council at various homes for children and elders, working until she was 65.
She gradually lost the use of her legs and lived with my wife, Christine, and me for her last ten years or so. She loved reading and cooking, but as her condition deteriorated she could no longer do either of these things, though the reading (later rather limited in scope) lasted until the last few months of her life.
Clara was a person of pronounced opinions, and not always easy to live with, but I never doubted her love for me and she is much missed by her family and her few surviving friends.
Norman Wainwright (1916 - 1989)*
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Blackley Crematorium Manchester
Created by: Brian Wainwright
Record added: Mar 31, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 50490960