Once again this year Sweet Adeline’s International, Region 31, awarded the ’Woman of Note’ award for services to barbershop. Each chapter in the region was invited to nominate a member for the award and we were unanimous in our choice of Gill Thomas a special Spinnakerette who sadly passed away earlier this year at the tender age of just 60. Spinnaker are pleased to announce that we have received this award in her memory.

Gill had a passion for every aspect of barbershop singing and fellowship since starting her hobby in 2007. With her sunny personality she gave generously of her time, encouraging newcomers, lighting up the risers with her warm and constant smile. Gill joined several Quartets and small ensembles and thrived on the fun and singing experience gained from these.

One of her most memorable qualities was her outrageous sense of humour and her love of comedy skits, which she regularly participated in at our annual coaching retreats. Parts she played include that of a nun, a Morris dancer, a pirate and even a washing machine of all things in the most recent Eastenders inspired effort.

Gill was born in 1956 in Wales and was enormously proud of her roots. She had a varied career including policewoman, WREN and a practicing nurse at St.Richards Hospital in Chichester. Nursing was another of her passions as it combined her interest in medicine with her desire to help and support people.

When Gill suddenly fell ill on Christmas Day 2016 and tragically passed away on 1st January 2017 we lost a very special and unique lady. She leaves two brothers and two sons, Josh and Ben.

Gill will always be in our hearts and we will never forget her as a lady with a huge heart and compassion for all, a gift for entertaining audiences and Chorus members alike with her wonderful singing and fabulous sense of humour.

Rest peacefully you gorgeous sparkling sequin in Heaven xxxx

Gill Thomas