TRIBUTES have been paid to a loving grandmother who died when she was struck by a train.
Sue Heron, 69, died at Portchester train station.
Her daughter, Sally Heron, and son, Mark Heron, both spoke of their sadness and shock at saying goodbye to their loving mother.
Sally, 43, from Bosham, said: ‘She was a very outgoing person. She made friends easily. She would’ve spoken to anybody. She was a lovely person.’
Both her children had spoken to her the day before the incident – which happened on Thursday, January 8 – and said they were shocked to hear the news.
Sue had suffered from depression sporadically over the years and had just spent Christmas with family in Bosham and Bognor Regis.
She was a volunteer at the Red Cross and was due to move to Bosham later this month to be nearer her daughter.
Sally, a nurse, said: ‘We were completely shocked. She had an awful lot to look forward to.’
Mark, 40, a car valet from Bognor Regis, paid tribute to his mother.
He said: ‘She was a great mum. She loved her family and her football. She was a passionate person – very caring and understanding. She will be missed.’
Sue worked for many years as a secretary at window company Britax Wingard in Castle Trading Estate, Portchester.
She moved to Portchester when the company relocated from Chichester in 1996.
After leaving Britax Wingard, she worked at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham as a consultant’s secretary for five years.
Sue was born in Battersea, trained as a shorthand typist and married her husband David when she was 21. Despite separating after 17 years, the pair remained firm friends.
Sue could often be seen walking Mark’s dog, a staffie called Lennox, at Portchester Castle. The loving grandmother also regularly took her grandchildren Macy, seven, and Tayla, 10, swimming at Fareham Leisure Centre.
Sally said: ‘She was a kind, lovable and funny mother and grandmother. It’s hard to believe that she has gone.’
Sue was an avid Arsenal fan and a keen gardener and loved tennis and horse racing.
Her funeral will be held at Chichester Crematorium tomorrow at 3.30pm.