Sir Nick Faldo pays touching tribute after mother passes away

PUBLISHED: 09:48 08 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:21 08 November 2017

Joyce Faldo's 90th birthday celebration with (left to right) Sir Nick Faldo and her grandchildren Georgia Faldo, Emma Faldo, Natalie Faldo and Matthew Faldo. Picture credit: Sir Nick Faldo.

Joyce Faldo's 90th birthday celebration with (left to right) Sir Nick Faldo and her grandchildren Georgia Faldo, Emma Faldo, Natalie Faldo and Matthew Faldo. Picture credit: Sir Nick Faldo.

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Sir Nick Faldo has paid tribute to his "amazing" mother and revealed her adoration of Welwyn Garden City after she passed away this week.

Joyce Faldo, who lived in the town her entire life, died peacefully of natural causes aged 90 with her son by her side on Monday.

The former world number one golfer said: “My mother was a once in a lifetime character, who entertained us with a running commentary of everyday life.

“She has left us with unforgettable moments and memories. She was before her time in terms of health and fitness, advocating olive oils, long walks and peaceful meditation.

“She appreciated the most simple things and found heaven on earth in her own quiet garden. I affectionately and respectfully called her the Iron Woman.”

Former Sir Frederic Osborn School pupil Nick, who scooped six major championships during a glittering career, added that it was his mother who completely believed in his decision to leave school and commit to golf.

“She celebrated it all in a most proud and most protected way,” he added. “She had the gift of gratitude; grateful for family, grateful for a walk and grateful for her garden.

“In return, I feel eternal gratitude to her and true appreciation for the lessons of this most amazing character in my life.”

Mrs Faldo – born, like Nick, in Knella Road – served for 20 years as an accountant for the town’s Footpath Society, and also enjoyed local theatre, arts, church and senior luncheons and her Keep Fit exercise class.

A gifted seamstress and dressmaker, Mrs Faldo met her late husband George at an event she organised in WGC in 1946, before the pair wed six weeks later.

Sir Nick told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “She travelled the world but was happiest in the town her own father helped build.

“Welwyn Garden City had it all for Mum. She loved the lakes, The Campus, the walks, Sherrardspark Wood and the walk to Brocket Hall.

“I’m pretty sure my mum has walked more miles in Hertfordshire than near anyone and she loved every step.

“She was grateful for her town. Our most memorable family celebrations included a visit to the fountain and a treat at Simmons; right to the end a lovely, simple, grateful life.”

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mrs Faldo’s memory to charity The Faldo Series at 19 Russell Street, Windsor, SL4 1HQ.

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