Friends give tributes to ‘gentle soul’

'A GENEROUS PERSON' Louise Barnes-Johnston
'A GENEROUS PERSON' Louise Barnes-Johnston

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a Hayling Island business coach who died unexpectedly.

Louise Barnes-Johnston worked with small professional service businesses. She died suddenly and the cause of her death is unknown.

Friend Samantha McArthur, who had known the 56-year-old for 10 years, described her as a ‘generous and sharing person’.

Samantha said: ‘She always wanted to help people and see their businesses succeed.

‘She knew she couldn’t be everywhere to help everyone so she chose the next best thing – coaching online.

‘Her desire to help small business owners everywhere reached not only a local audience, but internationally with clients in the USA.

‘One conversation with Louise and you were never the same.

‘Her enthusiasm for business was contagious and after speaking with her, you felt like you could conquer the world and believed you could. Her legacy lives on in all those whose life and business she touched.’

Another friend, Val Down of Act-On Business Solutions Ltd, said Louise would be ‘missed by all who knew her’.

‘Louise and I had been friends for about 10 years,’ she said.

‘We originally met through business networking and were both involved with delivering courses for Southern Entrepreneurs.

‘We had attended each other’s workshops and became friends.

‘Louise was a very generous person. Generous with her time, her support and her willingness to help.’

Louise was a ‘gentle soul who showed great respect and care for everyone she met’, friend Claire Godwin added.

‘Louise’s death has shocked her hundreds of online and offline colleagues and friends, the gap she left was immediate,’ she said.

‘She didn’t shout about her wealth of knowledge, skills and experiences. Sometimes I wished she would but that wasn’t her style.’