In Memory of Pauline Gray

In Memory of Pauline Gray, a treasured volunteer and friend, who died on March 12th 2011

Pauline Gray, our trusted friend.

It is with unspeakable sadness that Westie Rescue Ireland has lost one of our most treasured and trusted friends, Pauline Gray (nee McKeever), who died too young on March 12th 2011.
Pauline first volunteered to help me with home visits and transport about 5 years ago, and since then I’ve lost count of the number of times Pauline played these vital roles in the process of rehoming Westies. Pauline was a skillful home visitor, and was prepared to drive for many miles to help a Westie in need. Indeed, only a matter of days before she suddenly fell gravely ill, Pauline was carrying out home visits for Westie Rescue.
Pauline became one of our small core group of very deeply trusted regular volunteers, and we were mad about her. She was extraordinarily kind, gentle, compassionate, selfless, with a devilish sense of humour which caused many a laugh over the years. Pauline was a rock for Westie Rescue, and we’re forever indebted to her.
Pauline gave so much of her time voluntarily, not just to Westie Rescue, but also to a number of other dog and cat rescue groups around the country: but Pauline was not one to shout about her work. Indeed, the extent to which Pauline had helped lots of rescues only became clear when she died, when many who Pauline had helped voiced their sadness at losing such a great volunteer so suddenly. That was Pauline for you: just get on with it, without any fireworks!
Quite honestly, I don’t know what I’m going to do without Pauline. I will deeply miss her humour and goodness.
Indeed, the support Pauline gave Westie Rescue goes on. I am proud and deeply humbled that Pauline’s husband and family have made a contribution to Westie Rescue in memory of Pauline. At a time when funds have never been tighter, Pauline has once again come to the rescue of Westie Rescue, and it is testament to the kindness of Pauline and her nearest and dearest that they’d donate to an animal rescue in hard economic times. I know Pauline would have been tickled pink to know that dogs benefitted from such generosity.
So, to Pauline’s husband Paul, and her lovely parents and family, a heartfelt but sad thank you for your extraordinary generosity on Pauline’s behalf. We will always remember Pauline here, and be forever in her debt for all of her selfless deeds on our behalf.
Rest in Peace Pauline, our trusted friend.

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