Gosport McDonald’s won’t be the same - my tribute to Chris Woodford

BIG LOSS Chris Woodford worked at McDonald's in Gosport for 30 years and was well known in the community
BIG LOSS Chris Woodford worked at McDonald's in Gosport for 30 years and was well known in the community
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Fundraiser and Gosport resident Tammy Kent pays tribute to Chris Woodford, who died just before Christmas

My column this week is a little different. It is usually full of fun events and activities in our community.

This week, however, it is tinged with sadness as Gosport has lost a friend.

Chris Woodford was 63 and has lived in Gosport her whole life.

Her two daughters Lee, 41, and Lynn, 36, were just children when she started working at McDonald’s in Gosport the day it opened back in December 1985.

Christine was usually found cleaning the lobby with a big smile on her face, but in more recent years you would find her behind the tills, still with the same cheeky smile on her face while sorting the toys in the children’s happy meals to make sure every child got the one they wished for.

A Facebook page has been created titled our RIP CHRIS McDonald’s Gosport will never be the same.

The page has received nearly 1,000 likes since it was set up. Friends and well-wishers have sent loving messages to Chris and her family.

Angel Robinson posted: ‘RIP beautiful angel you make the sky so much brighter.’

Wayne Crawshaw wrote: ‘The face of McDonald’s in the morning. sadly missed. my heart goes out to her family.’

Kim Ray wrote: ‘I was 16 when Chris used to serve me and friends from Crewsaver. I’m now 42, gonna miss you RIP, my thoughts with your family xx.’

Charlene Stourton, 34, worked in McDonald’s with Chris for over 12 years and said: ‘I’m so upset, Chris always had a kind word for everyone, everyone loved her and she loved everyone to’.

After working at McDonald’s in Gosport for 30 years Chris, a grandmother of four, Rachael 18, Jordon 16, Luke 12 and Tia 11, received a 30-year acknowledgment in December 2015, the same month her loving family discovered she had cancer only to pass away just two days before Christmas.

Chris leaves behind a loving mother, Betty and her brothers Mark and David each of whom are devastated at the loss of a wonderful daughter and sister.

RIP Chris ... And it’s true, McDonald’s in Gosport will never be the same without you.

Everyone is welcome to attend the funeral at Porchester Crematorium on January 13 at 10.30am.

­Family flowers only and donations to Macmillan or Cancer Research please.

The hearse will be stopping at 9.30am outside McDonald’s for people to pay their respects if they can’t make it to the funeral.