Well-known Buxton mum - known for her ‘warmth and strength of character’ – dies

Friends and colleagues of a well-known Buxton woman lined the road outside St Anne’s Roman Catholic Church for her funeral following her death in July.

By Ben McVay
Wednesday, 19th August 2020, 12:00 pm

Trish Mellor - known for her ‘encyclopaedic knowledge’ of music at pub quizzes and her ‘warmth and strength of character’ - died aged 63 on July 24 at St James’ Hospital, Leeds.

Mum-of-two Trish worked at Otter Controls’ for 34 years and at several Buxton pubs over the years - including The Blazing Rag and Cheshire Cheese.

At Otter Controls she was known for her ‘level-headed, common sense approach’ to problem solving while pub regulars remember her for ‘wit and personality’.

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Trish Mellor - who died last month aged 63

Grandmother-of-four Trish’s son Daniel described his mum - who spent many years living in Harpur Hill - as ‘the consummate people person’.

He said: “Her main interests centred around socialising with or helping out other people.

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“These two loves often went hand-in-hand as she regularly opened her home to family, friends, friends of her family and the occasional stranger for food and shelter.

“As well as taking walks in the country with family and close friends she would make the time to stop and talk to everyone and anyone in the local area and always enjoyed a pub quiz.”

Describing Trish as ‘a strong advocate of equal rights for all’ Daniel told how Trish was known for ‘going beyond fundraising’ for Blythe House, Macmillan Cancer Support, and The Christie Hospital.

He said: “She developed a series of lifelong friendships with individuals that were marginalised or had no family of their own - making them feel like a member of her own


Daniel said family was Trish’s ‘greatest passion’ and that ‘she watched with pride’ as he and sister Erin started families of their own - bringing her four grandchildren, Leila, 10, Charlie, 5, Emilia, 2 and Valente - born in February of this year.

Daniel told how Trish - who ‘believed good things happen to good people’ - met ‘love of her life’ Phil in 2006.

The pair married in 2014 and made their home on Arbor Grove, Burbage.

All charitable donations from Trish’s funeral will go to the NSPCC and charity Stillbirth and Neonatal Death.

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