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Joyce Littaur 1925-2018                             Glen,  was born in 1949 and   needing companionship and an   David Cohen 1939-2018
                                                            Gavin, their son arrived in 1950.  opportunity to confide in an open
                                                               For  some  years,  Joyce  listening ear. Her visits continued
                                                            involved herself in the orchestra   until her nineties, when several   David was born in Gresham
                                                            David conducted, Philomusica   of her ‘protégés’ were far younger   Gardens, Golders Green on the
                                                            of  London,  in  a managerial   than herself.        27 February 1939, the youngest
                                                                                                                 of three children. He went to
                                                            capacity. She helped to plan   Another activity, meaningful   Golders Hill School and then to
                                                            concerts as well as booking   to Joyce, was her involvement in
                                                            venues and artists. This work   volunteer reading help in schools.   Beaconsfield Prep School from
                                                            continued until 1998, when   She assisted pupils in Wessex   the ages of 7 to 11. David then
                                                                                                                 attended the City of London
                                                            David retired and the couple   Gardens School for many years; it   School until he joined his father
                                                            downsized to their home in   was only her deteriorating eyesight
                                                            Wildwood Road on the Suburb.  that caused her to step down. She   in the family retail shoe business
                                                            At this stage, Joyce began to   was much admired and appreciated   in 1956.
                                                                                                                    David married Judith in
                                                            play an important part in   by everyone she assisted.   1962 and moved to Hampstead
                                                            hosting meetings for the Events   She made many friends
                                                            Committee  of  the  Residents   from these activities and was   Garden Suburb, where they
                                                            Association, which her husband   much loved by all who knew   have lived for 56 years, starting
                                                                                                                 in Hill Rise, before moving to
                                                            chaired, and providing  them   her, especially members of the
                                                            with refreshments. Unlike David,  Suburb community. They will   Northway and then to Sheridan   Rotary  Club  of  Golders  Green,
                                                            she did not enjoy serving on   miss  her  terribly.  Joyce’s  Walk. Their two boys, Richard   which has grown from year to
                                                            committees – “I am not a   voluntary work at the North   and Peter, had a wonderful   year and is now usually attended
                                                                                                                 childhood in the Suburb and
                                                                                                                                            by around 100 people with the
                                                            committee person” – and much   London Hospice for many years   made many lifelong friends.    police stopping the traffic around
                                                            preferred the social and catering   provides yet another example
                                                            elements. Joyce played a similar   of her charitable activities.   David always took a very   the  Clock  Tower  for  the  Two
                                                            role in Proms at St Jude’s, Abbeyfield,   Like most people’s lives, there   active role in local community   Minute Silence.
                                                                                                                                               Sport always played a large
                                                                                                                 events including Neighbourhood
                                                            at the Fellowship Club and, on   have been some painful passages.   Watch, annual cricket matches   part in David’s life – an Arsenal
                                                            occasions, at Alyth Gardens.   In 2015, her dear daughter Glen
                                                               Joyce and David enjoyed   was seriously injured in a traffic   on the Heath with the residents   Season ticket holder, a Saracens
                                                            travelling together. Their travels   accident. Joyce was overjoyed   of Northway – the Odds v. the   supporter,  as  well  as  playing
                                                                                                                                            rugby, cricket and hockey in his
                                                                                                                 Evens – battling it out, classes at
                                                            included  ski  holidays  in  when she began, slowly, to make
      Joyce was the youngest of three   In  September  1939,  his  family   Switzerland, tours to Norway,  a recovery and she would have   the Institute and the Proms, to   early years. David coached rugby
      sisters. She was born in 1925 in   went on holiday to Buenos Aires   Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and   been so proud and grateful to   name just a few.  and cricket for seven years at
      Aberdare Gardens, West Hampstead   in the Argentine. Their ship left   Hungary, as well as visits to   her for taking the long journey   After spending 26 years in   St.  Anthony’s Prep School in
      and her parents were Cecil Fox,  from  Southampton,  not  far                                              the family business, David and   Hampstead where Judith worked
      well-known locally as a successful   from Bournemouth, where the   David’s parents in South Africa   from her home in Sussex to say   Judith formed David Cohen   for  30  years.  He  also  gave  a
                                                            and her sister in Los Angeles.  goodbye to her at her funeral.
      property developer, and his wife   Fox family happened to be   She especially enjoyed seeing her   There  have  been  a  large   Fine Art in 1984. They spent 32   yearly talk to the Year 8 boys on
      Evie. The family moved to 31   staying. David and Joyce have a   much-loved granddaughter and   number of recent tributes to   years dealing in First World War   Remembrance and the First
      Bracknell Gardens a few years   photo of Joyce and her parents,                                            art  supplying  major museums   World War.
      later and they became good friends   standing  on  the  dockside,   her husband, Rachel and Petter,  Joyce received by David, her   and clients around the world.  David ended his days in the
                                                                                      adoring and grieving husband.
                                                            and her great-grandchildren and
      with people called Littaur, who   looking up to the ship and   step-grandchildren in Norway.  They  share  a  common  theme:   David joined the Rotary Club   North London Hospice –  a
      lived a few houses away at No 21.   waving goodbye to the Littaurs.   Joyce and David went there   repeated references to her   of  Paddington  in  November   haven of peace and tranquility
         Joyce and David, from the   The War started a few days                                                  1963 and became President in   – and the family will always be
      age of about 10, used to meet   afterwards  and  they  were  many times.        kindness,  gentleness,  sweet  1980. When his business in   grateful for the love and care
                                                               Joyce loved people, and she
                                                                                      nature, service to others and,
      each other when accompanying   stranded in the Argentine until   enjoyed visiting the elderly and   above all, her lovely smile.  Bayswater ceased trading, David   that David received there.
      their respective mothers on local   November 1942, the year the   chatting to them about their lives.      became a member of the Rotary   The many cards, letters and
      shopping expeditions. They liked   Littaurs returned to Britain. Of                                        Club of Golders Green where he   e-mails that Judith has received
      one another and David was   course,  there was a reunion   During the week, she would pay   The above is taken from the eulogy   made many lasting friendships.   all talk of David being a very
      drawn by Joyce’s big smile. But   between Joyce and David.   regular  visits  to  lonely  people,  given at Joyce’s funeral.  He served as both President and   special man.  He had a way of
      that was as far as it went in   By now, Joyce had volunteered                                              Secretary of the Club and was   making people feel comfortable
      those early days and it would be   for  the Women’s Auxiliary  Air   David shared the following memory from his great-nephew   very proud to have done so.    whenever he met them and
      an exaggeration to say it was   Force and became a radio operator,   Jonathan with Suburb News                Since 2009 David led the   there  were  many  references  to
      “love at first sight”.     mainly on RAF stations in the   My great aunt Joyce, my Grandma’s   actually went to the same French   annual November Ceremony of   his warmth, his smile, his
         At that time, Joyce was   West Country. David became a   sister, was a smart, selfless and   tutor  as  the  young  princesses,   Remembrance at the Clock   laughter and his generosity.
      attending South Hampstead High   trainee navigator in the RAF   incredibly wonderful human   Elizabeth and Margaret (this   Tower at Golders Green. This   David was a real character and a
      School. When WW2 started, in   and  in  1945  did  a  course  of   being; Joyce could talk to anyone   must have been back in the   was an event started by the   true gentleman.
      1939, the school was evacuated   training in Canada. At the end   and was kind to everyone. She   1930s or early 1940s). One day,
      to  Berkhampstead, but Joyce’s   of the war, both of them were   and her husband David recently   the tutor had the princesses        BRILL   OWEN
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      Suburb. Little did she know then   civilian life in 1947.  people wherever they went.   Princess Margaret was very reticent         completion helping you to create
      that Hampstead Garden Suburb   They became increasingly   When I visited them in   on my visit and hardly spoke.                     a unique home that fulfils your
      would become her home in the   close to one another, announced   London, Joyce would wake me   Princess Elizabeth, our present Queen,         needs
      final 20 years of her life.  their engagement in 1947 and   up  –  usually  around  6am  –  to   spoke a great deal and we had        Contact us for a free no obligation
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                                                            memory I want to share,  moment, he could have married
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