Brigadier Michael Evans
The charity’s Treasurer of 30 years, Michael Evans, died on 13th January after a fall at home and subsequent illness in hospital.
Michael was Mary Gibson’s partner and supported the charity she had started with great dedication and efficiency, though he used to say “I’m a soldier, not an accountant!” It was his job to keep the charity’s accounts in order, recover Gift Aid and make payments to the Harja bank account each month.
Michael was on the point of retiring towards the end of 2020 and we had found someone willing to take on the role in his place.
His family has requested donations in his memory be made to Friends of Children in Romania.
A summer wedding
Betty and the Harja carers keep in touch with the children who have flown the nest and were delighted to hear from Ancuta (29), that she is to be married this summer. She works in Brasov, a city about an hour from Harja, where she is a kindergarten teacher.
Covid restrictions have eased in Romania at the moment and Ancuta was able to join the celebrations for Maria’s birthday at her adoptive family home near Brasov, along with the children from Harja. A wonderful celebration that was even more special when people have been separated so long!
Sad news and good news..
So sorry to see Michael gone. His dedication to the prosaic detail and heartfelt care for you all was impressive – and I had no idea he had been with you for 30 years! Amazing.
Wishing all the best to the new generation.
And to Ancuta, who interpreted for me in her brilliant English when I first came to Harja doing research, that in itself many years ago.
love to all,