Important appeal: Did you know Janette Walker?

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Durham Avenue, WIllenhall, where Janette lived. Imagery from Bing! Maps.

Yet another sad request of a type that happens from time to time from the Environmental Health Department at Walsall Council, who are looking to trace any relatives or friends of Janette Walker (previously Jan Griffin) from Willenhall who has sadly passed away.

I must admit, this is a sad case and these do tug at my heart quite a bit – imagine passing away and leaving so little information of yourself known. How terribly tragic.

A plea is being made to try and trace any relatives of a woman who passed away at her Willenhall home last week.

Jannette Walker, who was previously known as Jan Griffin, was 67-years-old and lived in Durham Avenue, Willenhall.

Environmental health officers from Walsall Council have spoken to her GP surgery to try and establish whether she has any family members and do not believe this to be the case. But they are keen to make contact with any relatives, ahead of her funeral later this month.

Neil Harris, principal environmental health officer, said: ‘We’d like to extend our sympathies to family members, if there are any, and friends and former colleagues of Ms Walker who passed away on Monday 5 January 2015.

‘We have found out that she used to work as a security officer at Warburton’s bakery in Wednesbury until she retired, which was possibly in 2007.

‘She previously lived in Willenhall’s Wellington Place and Blakenall Lane.

‘If she does have any relatives we would ask them to make contact with Rebecca Evans on 01922 653052.’

Funeral arrangements have been made for Wednesday 21 January 2015 at the East Chapel and Streetly Crematorium at 9.15am.

Thanks in advance. If anyone would prefer no to contact the council directly for whatever reason, email me at BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot come and I’ll pass any messages on.


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2 Responses to Important appeal: Did you know Janette Walker?

  1. peter says:

    I hope someone knows someone and there are family members around, this really is quite sad.


  2. Andy Dennis says:

    Sad though it is, I cannot understand why there is not a set procedure for something that must happen all the time. In any particular place it is probably rare, but nationwide it must be a weekly, if not daily occurrence. The entry of death should have date and place of birth, so tracing parents and, from that, potential siblings or aunts and uncles, and therefore cousins, should be simple enough for local registrars. This is probably going to happen more often as more people live longer and alone, so it seems sensible to suggest that there should be some kind of protocol for finding relatives. In some cases, of course, there may not be any (though it is hard to believe that a name like Walker or Griffin is especially rare), or they may not be interested in people they don’t know, unless there is an estate worth investigating!

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