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Jo, Heath, Theo, Tilly & Nesta on 3 June, 2017 at 4:38pm

Tim, Matilda & Jake. I had the pleasure of spending a little time with Amanda during her school days at Medstead. She was so positive and happy that she will always be thought of with a smile. My heart goes out to all of you having to go forward without her. I hope her will to be happy eases that path.

Teneille Watson on 28 May, 2017 at 3:10pm

Amanda, you were such a pleasure to work with. So good at your job and fun to chat to. It goes without saying how greatly missed you are. I am sad that you are gone, but I feel fortunate to have known you. The office isn’t the same without you, but we’ll remember you fondly and often.

My heartfelt sympathy to Tim, Matilda, Jake and family.

David & Doreen Beattie and Family on 26 May, 2017 at 6:10pm

Although we had met Amanda such a few times we will miss her. We send our condolences to Tim, Matilda and Jake and all her family and friends and will remember her in our prayers. We also send our love to all the family.

Amanda Taylor on 26 May, 2017 at 9:24am

Amanda, I first met you when you came into the Commission for an interview to cover me on Maternity Leave. It was with great pleasure that we welcomed you into the Commission and into our Team. You were bright, fun and never missed a beat! You gave me LOTS of helpful pregnancy, baby and toddler advice.
It was hilarious to listen to the way you tried to understand the many quirky, different ways we did things here in the South West and also your understanding of certain objects eg: Dongas.

I was so shocked and heartbroken to hear the news when coming into work. A big hole has been left and I doubt we will ever truly move on. Coming into work and knowing you had the unwavering support and compassion of your manager makes work a joyful place to be, and for that I thank you.

My love and sincere condolences go out to Tim, Matilda and Jake of who I know so much about given our never ending conversations on family, life and kids.
All my love, Amanda

STEPHEN KEAR on 26 May, 2017 at 6:30am

In some ways it seems like a great many years since Amanda and I became friends and in other ways no time at all. In truth it is between 25 and 30 years ago since we enjoyed life at university in Swansea. It is testament to Amanda that we remained friends through the years since and I will miss her. She always had huge strength and such strong convictions of mind and it seems that this inner strength stayed with her forever. I am grateful to her though for sharing her devastating news with me and sparing me the absolute shock of her final days. My memories of happy times living with Amanda and our college friends will live on and will make me smile still but for now my thoughts are with Tim and Jake and Matilda, Mr Gregory, David and Alan ... who is still a little boy coming to visit us in my mind!

Cathrine Walkley(Lewis) on 26 May, 2017 at 3:49am

I am sad to hear that my best friend Amanda has left this this life and gone to sing with the angels. Sadly I lost touch with her after college but always spoke to her parents. You was always a fighter.good night god bless you are now at peace.

Ann Bale (Nee Harrhy) on 25 May, 2017 at 7:19pm

Amanda, you were there through primary school, eight months older - that was much older in those days! I looked up to you, you were smiley, happy and lots of fun.
You were there at the start of secondary school, we’d walk to school in Abercarn together – I looked up to you because you were clever, confident and lots of fun.
You were there at the end of secondary school, we sat together in Maths – I looked up to you because you were wise, thoughtful and lots of fun.
When we started our A-levels at Cross-Keys, you were still smiley, happy, clever, confident, wise and thoughtful but now driven and always a little bit late rushing around that corner in your yellow mini, eating toast off the dashboard – but I looked up to you, my great friend.
You came with me when I looked at the Uni I later went to. We took in a fair bit of North Wales that weekend, we look so young in those photographs!
Since then we’ve not shared much time, but you’ve always been there in my heart, we did so much of our growing up together that when we did manage to get together, it felt like no time had passed at all.
I’m still struggling to comprehend the fact that there will be no more contact, no more fun together, but I will always look up to you Amanda – maybe when I need strength, maybe when I need some wisdom or maybe just when something reminds me of the fun we shared. You will always be my great friend, no matter what the distance.
Tim, Matilda, Jake, Don, David and Alan, mine and Mam’s love, thoughts and prayers are with you all.
God bless.

Sharon Ramesh Roshni and Rohan on 25 May, 2017 at 12:23pm

Dearest Amanda,
I was so enjoying getting to know you but sadly time was not on our side. I think we initially bonded over our love and appreciation of beautiful Bunbury - wondering if the people from here actually knew how lucky they were to live in such a wonderful corner of the world; you believed you had one of the best views a workplace could offer. I think my son came to love you after his very first visit to your house, as not only had he had a great time with Jake but you had also taken the time to talk with him all about Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius (one of his fascinations) -he was so impressed you'd actually been there! And though I so wish I could have known you longer, I will always feel blessed to have been a part of your amazing life journey. You lived life as it should be - to the full and with care and compassion, dedication and joy and always with such a wonderful sense of humour. I will miss that.
You and Tim together have created such a wonderful foundation for Jake and Matilda to build on that I have no doubt your wonderful spirit will live on. You might not be physically with us but your presence will always be a part of us....... Still wish you were here though xx

Clare, Graham, Freddy & Nancy on 25 May, 2017 at 5:04am

Dear dear Amanda, a true friend and lovely person taken too soon.

If tears could build a stairway
And memories were a lane,
We would walk right up to Heaven
And bring you back again.

No farewell words were spoken
No time to say goodbye,
You were gone before we knew it
And only God knows why.

Our hearts still ache in sadness
And secret tears still flow,
What it meant to lose you
No-one will ever know.

But know we know you want us
To mourn for you no more,
To remember all the happy times
Life still has much in store.

Since you’ll never be forgotten
We pledge to you today,
A special place within our hearts
Is where you’ll always stay.

Our love and thoughts are with you Tim, Matilda and Jake
Clare, Graham, Freddy & Nancy xxxx

Tracy, Rob, Holly & Sophie on 25 May, 2017 at 4:26am

Tim, Matilda & Jake, We were all so so shocked to hear about Amanda. It is so terribly sad that she has been taken from us all far to soon. We will never forget her huge smile, warmth and caring nature. Even since you moved to Australia the stories in the emails etc still always made me laugh.
We will be thinking of you all on Friday, hopefully the wonderful memories you each have will help you through the day.
With much love, Tracy Rob, Holly & Sophie xxxx

Mandy, Laurence & Dylan on 25 May, 2017 at 2:56am

God bless a lovely lady. Our thoughts are with you and the children Tim, may you all find strength together x

Ian, Gemma, Fred, Ollie & Charlie Xx on 24 May, 2017 at 9:43pm

I was so sad to hear about Amanda, sending you lots of love and prayers. Charlie sends Jake a HUGE hug xx
Those we love
Can never be
More than a thought away...
For as long as there's a memory
They live in our hearts to stay
Xx

Geraldine Darnborough on 24 May, 2017 at 9:06pm

Amanda - it was with great shock, disbelief and sadness that I learnt of your passing on arriving at work last week. Although I did not know you well – I sat next to you in your first weeks of working at the SWDC and enjoyed your company in your last weeks. Amanda you were a beautiful and brave lady with more courage than anyone I will probably ever know. You never complained and were so diligent and conscientious in your work. You were a true asset to the SWDC. Our office is missing you more than you will know and since we heard the news, a day has not gone by where tears have not been shed. The world is a poorer place now you are not in it. My heartfelt condolences go out to Tim, Matilda and Jake.

Kind regards
Geraldine

on 24 May, 2017 at 6:18pm

We met with our baby bumps, you swigging Gavsicon by the bucket! We laughed. We shared the stories of our labours and arrivals of our babies. We met for coffees, teas, our babies played and grew, we swapped stories, stresses and strains, highs and lows of motherhood. We laughed, you always made me laugh - your stories of embarrassing things that happened to you - you were so funny. Our children got bigger, we still shared stories, you still made me laugh. I came to New Zealand, you went to Australia, we still swapped stories, you still made me laugh. You told me your dreadful news, I cried, but somehow you still made me laugh. You've gone, I am so sad but even amidst my tears you still managed to make me smile and laugh as I recall our memories. You are a wonderfully, special person Amanda, I will never forget you, a sweet gentle soul that has had to leave us all far too soon.
Matilda, Jake and Tim, our hearts go out to you, we're sending you love, light, warmth and strength - Sarah, Jon and Tom x x x x

Matthew Wardle on 24 May, 2017 at 11:35am

Dear Tim, Matilda, Jake and family,

My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. I had the pleasure of working with Amanda at SWDC and will remember a strong and capable woman who was also great company.

Amanda you will be sadly missed but fondly remembered.

Kind regards,
Matt

Sue, Allister, Amy Max & Ollie Sly on 24 May, 2017 at 5:53am

Tim, Matilda and Jake.

It will be the little things
that you will remember,
the quiet moments,
the smiles, the laughter.
And although it may seem
hard right now,
it will be the memories
of these little things
that help to push
away the pain
and bring the smiles
back again.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Sue x

Jenni, Andrew, Jessica, Daniel, Jasmine & Hannah Chappell on 24 May, 2017 at 4:35am

Amanda, my dear, dear friend. It is with such a heavy heart that I write this. I am still in shock and I cannot believe that you have been taken from us so soon. I have so many lovely memories of our time at Cardiff university where we embarked all those years ago on our planning careers. I remember you being so organised, conscientious and professional in all that you did. You were such a warm and caring person and your family meant so much to you. On several occasions you took me to meet your family up in the valleys. It was always such a pleasure to have a visit from you and Tim when you came to Cornwall on your holidays and in later years to meet your wonderful children. Your strength and courage will live on in your children. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Tim, Matilda and Jake. Be strong. Be at peace now my dear friend. We will miss you.

All our love

Jenni, Andrew, Jessica, Daniel, Jasmine & Hannah xxx

Jess, Ed, Lara and Johnny Bassett on 23 May, 2017 at 5:16pm

It is with so much shock and sadness that I write this. Amanda you were such a wonderful person, always smiling and always there for fun and at times much needed support and I cannot believe you are gone. You were a very special friend to me and I will be forever grateful for the brilliant years we all spent in Medstead with Johnny and Jake giggling incessantly - even on Skype after you left for Australia when they barely spoke but just laughed at each other and so did we. I am so sad I didn’t know you were in pain and wish I could have been some help but you always were a very private, thoughtful and caring person who would not have wanted to burden others with your problems.

Tim, Matilda and Jake we all send you so much love, strength and courage for the times to come. Our thoughts will so be with you on Friday.

With much love Jess, Ed, Lara and Johnny x x

Donna Easton on 23 May, 2017 at 11:32am

Amanda, what an amazing legacy of Strength & Character you have inspired everyone with that knew and loved you with.
Tim, Jake and Matilda must be truly proud of you. I already miss your unique humour that you delivered with that special accent, when we least expected it.
It is so hard to truly believe you are gone, and I will always remember your dedication and smile as I look across the front of our office to your door. xx

Cathryn, Jon, Will & Anabelle Hewett on 23 May, 2017 at 5:10am

It is with such sadness that I write in this book, Amanda I cannot believe that you are gone, you were such a warm & generous person who was always there for your gorgeous family.
My thoughts and prayers are with you Tim, Matilda and Jake at this very difficult time. I am sure that Amanda, Mummy will be an inspiration for you in the years to come when you will remember her amazing courage. I will be thinking of you all on Friday and hope that you can find a little of that courage to get through the day.
All our love Cathryn, Jon, Will and Anabelle x

South West Development Commission on 22 May, 2017 at 1:42pm

The South West Development Commission extends its heartfelt sympathy to Tim, Matilda, Jake and family on the sad passing of Amanda.

An extremely valued and well-respected member of our team, Amanda made a positive contribution to the region through her work.

Amanda will be greatly missed both as a colleague and friend by everyone who worked with her.

Staff and Board of the South West Development Commission

Sharon Bracknell on 22 May, 2017 at 7:39am

Amanda, it was such a pleasure to work with you over the last 2 years. I will so miss our chats about life and kids - you were so very proud of Matilda and Jake and I know they will miss you dearly. It is so hard to believe that you are gone, but I so admire that you came to work every day with a smile on your face, some days it was obvious that you were in pain but you were always so brave and your concern was always for others. I will miss your smiling face. Heartfelt thoughts to Tim, Matilda and Jake xx

Blandford Family on 21 May, 2017 at 4:43pm

Dearest Tim, Matilda and Jake, Our hearts are broken at the loss of Amanda - such a beautiful wife and Mother. We love you and will always be here for you.
Julia, Jonas, Ingrid and Thomas

Amanda, I miss you. Our friendship was far too short. I will always remember your intelligence, wonderful sense of humour and great strength. You and Tim have already been such wonderful parents to Matilda and Jake and we can see you both reflected in the beautiful people they are and continue to grow into. I will always be here for them. You were so strong and you are at peace now and that gives me comfort. I love you. Your friend Julia

Adrian Fox on 21 May, 2017 at 12:36am

Amanda - a true friend in every sense of the word

We met over 25 years ago whilst we studying for our town planning qualification at Cardiff University. When we graduated from University you worked at Hampshire County Council where you met Tim and I worked in Bournemouth so we we used to meet up mid week for dinner and go to the cinema. Winchester will always remind me of you.

Travel was an important part of yours and Tim's life. I remember when we met up in Melbourne - we got caught up in a forest fire! We also met up some years later in Adelaide - where this photo was taken. I can remember it very clearly Matilda and Jake coming to see me in my cabin first thing in the morning - oh what happy memories we have shared together :)

You had an amazing smile and such a positive outlook on life. We had planned to meet up in July but alas you very taken before we could say goodbye.

Tim is such a wonderful husband and I know that he will take great care of Matilda and Jake. You can rely on me to ensure that they both know what a truly inspiration friend you have been to me.

We will both dearly miss you and we hope that you rest in peace. All of our love and friendship to your family.

Goodbye my lovely friend.

Adrian and Karen xxxx

Julia South on 20 May, 2017 at 7:58pm

My dear friend, you have been such an inspiration. You have borne your illness so bravely and in such a dignified way. Your fabulous spirit and smile will will live on in your beautiful children. Much love, Julia, Steve, Jared and Erin xxxx

Lesly Buckingham on 20 May, 2017 at 12:30pm

Our heartfelt sympathy to Tim, Matilda, Jake & family. We are so sorry for your loss.
Amanda , your catchy laugh, smile & warmth brought joy to everyone. You kept your journey private, you probably didn't want us to worry or fuss.
' Beautiful people do not just happen'
With love
Lesley, John, Jemma & Jasmine

Alan Cross on 19 May, 2017 at 2:46pm

Dear Tim, Matilda, Jake and family
My sincere condolences at your sad loss. It was a great privilege to work with Amanda over the past 2 years at the SWDC and I will miss her very much. Amanda had a wonderful sense of humour, and we had many good laughs together at her attempts to pronounce the names of our South West towns. God bless you all. Kind regards, Alan

Stuart Hicks on 19 May, 2017 at 12:31pm

Amanda's huge generosity of spirit, her care for all of us, her colleagues, and her wisdom and commitment will be sadly missed at the South West Development Commission. It has been a great privilege to work with Amanda.. Her loss has been a terrible shock to all of us. We will carry fond memories and the legacy of her great work as our inspiration. Our very best wishes to Amanda's family and loved ones at this sad time. Stuart Hicks, Chairman South West Development Commission.

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