Fond tribute to a strong woman

Dorothy Edge.
Dorothy Edge.

A WELL-KNOWN former Morpeth businesswoman has died at her home in the United States.

Dorothy Edge, 87, who was co-founder of Multitechnic in Coopies Lane with her late husband Dr James Edge, passed away on February 21.

Mrs Edge was born in St Austell, Cornwall, but moved to Morpeth, living in Coningsby House, and became a major part of the business and social community.

She was known for her great sense of humour and generous donations to charity, and she enjoyed nothing more than watching and caring for birds and wildlife.

She was also a keen walker and loved visiting the Lake District, where she and her husband met esteemed author and illustrator Alfred Wainwright and became friends.

Her forthright manner could sometimes cause a stir and her strong character and determination really came to the fore when she decided to up sticks and move to Florida in her 80s, despite severe mobility problems, to live near her daughter Paula.

Tribute has been paid to Mrs Edge by her friend Cynthia Fair.

She said: “Dorothy was great, she was a very strong lady and she would always stand out from the crowd.

“A lot of people found her difficult, but I never did and if she liked you she was wonderful. She led her life the way she wanted to lead her life, she was very much her own woman. She had the best sense of humour and she was very generous with her work with animals and local organisations.

“She used to feed all the birds and wildlife and if she saw a spider she wouldn’t kill it. She loved her garden and the animals.

“When Dorothy moved to Florida she was just like Miss Marple. She had a nice English accent and the Americans loved her — she would be sitting there holding court.

“She was highly-respected in Morpeth and was a very clever, industrious woman, who cared greatly about the world around her. She had a lot of friends in Morpeth.”

Mrs Edge leaves children Paula, Colin and Jane and several grandchildren.