Search

Widow of former Romford MP Sir Michael Neubert pays tribute to him

17:00 10 January 2014

Sir Michael Neubert, who has sadly passed away aged 80

Sir Michael Neubert, who has sadly passed away aged 80

Archant

The widow of former Romford MP Sir Michael Neubert has paid tribute to her husband of 54 years.

Margaret Thatcher, Andrew Rosindell, Lady Sally Neubert and Sir Michael Neubert togetherMargaret Thatcher, Andrew Rosindell, Lady Sally Neubert and Sir Michael Neubert together

Lady Sally Neubert, 77, spoke to the Recorder after Sir Michael sadly passed away on January 3 in Cheltenham Hospital, Gloucestershire, aged 80.

The Conservative had been Romford’s MP from 1974 to 1997, when he lost his seat to Labour’s Eileen Gordon.

Lady Sally said: “He had been ill really for the last 11 years, so I am just glad he is out of all the hell he was having to put up with.

“He had a terrific sense of humour, he was known for his wit, and had lots of friends and [former] colleagues.”

Sir Michael, who lived in Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, leaves behind son Jolyon and granddaughters Esi, 17, and Ama, 15.

Lady Sally said: “Michael adored them, he thought they were absolutely wonderful.”

Sir Michael’s declining health led to the loss of his sight, hearing problems and a number of operations, all of which were “horrendous”.

But he enjoyed a “wonderful” birthday celebration on September 3, which took place in his garden and was attended by 53 people.

He also paid his respects at the funeral of Margaret Thatcher in April, who he served as an Under-Secretary of State for Defence.

Lady Sally said: “He collapsed as we were walking from the car. I knew it would be too much for him but he was determined.

“Somebody got him a wheelchair and we got the best seats in the house in the end.

“He couldn’t see, he was waiting for cataract operations, and could hardly hear but he was so pleased to be there.”

Sir Michael, who was knighted in December 1990 after being nominated by Baroness Thatcher, always remembered his time as an MP fondly.

“Well I do know he loved Romford people,” said Lady Sally. “They were real people in his opinion, they had the real human touch.

“We had wonderful friendships there.”

One of Sir Michael’s friendships was with current Romford MP Andrew Rosindell, who has paid tribute to him.

“Both he and Sally were good friends to me and to so many others,” said Mr Rosindell, who last saw Sir Michael at Baroness Thatcher’s funeral.

“He was a man of great patriotism, a loyal Conservative and a steadfast supporter of Margaret Thatcher through good times and bad.

“I will never forget the inspiration Michael gave to me as a young Conservative as well as his kindness, friendship and personal support throughout my own political career.”

Mr Rosindell added: “Sir Michael Neubert will be sadly missed by so many friends and colleagues and my heartfelt sympathy goes out to Lady Sally Neubert, their son Jolyon and the whole family.”

Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps MP said: “Sir Michael Neubert was much-loved by the people of Romford who he served for many years.

“He was known for his good humour and tireless efforts as a public servant.

“Our thoughts are with his widow, son and granddaughters.”

Sir Michael’s funeral will take place on January 23 at St Edward’s Church, of Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, at 2pm.

Flowers or donations in aid of Parkinson’s UK or the church can be sent via Allen & Son Funeral Directors, High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, GL56 0AF.

A new section of the Romford Conservative Association’s condolence book has been opened for Sir Michael so people can pay tribute to him.

0 comments

Latest Romford News Stories

Yesterday, 15:00
Sue Triggs, Russell Triggs and Amber Triggs, nine who has cerebal palsy and Kelly McCleoud, Rob McCleoud, Molly-May McCleoud, eight and Max McCleoud, five who are organising fundraisers in Barking and Dagenham to raise money for an operation for Amber

Friends and family of a nine-year-old with cerebral palsy are on a mission to raise £30,000 for an operation that could enable her to walk.

Yesterday, 12:00
Picture: ThinkstockPhotos-164922920.jpg / Carlos Gomez Bové

A “proactive” stance in encouraging male domestic abuse victims to come forward is not being taken by Havering Council, according to the chairman of a charity.

Yesterday, 10:00
Britannia Parking anti-social issues

Shocking images showing children hanging from the third storey of a town centre car park have provoked a safety investigation.

Saturday, April 30, 2016
Bernard Thomas, holding the plant judged as the best succulent, with treasurer Janice Coombes, Adrian Finney and Bill Izatt

Interested in growing succulent plants? The Havering British Cactus and Succulent Society is on the lookout for new members.

Saturday, April 30, 2016
Level 42 fan Julian Hall with some of his memorabilia collection

When Julian Hall spotted an advertisement for at-the-time unknown band Level 42 in the Ilford Recorder in 1981, he decided to go to the gig on a whim.

Saturday, April 30, 2016
A TfL Rail train. Picture: Hammersfan/Wikimedia Commons

TfL Rail trains from Shenfield to Ilford over the Bank Holiday weekend will be replaced by buses due to engineering works.

Friday, April 29, 2016
Drapers' Academy hosted a debate on the EU so its students can be informed ahead of the referendum

Harold Hill students got the chance to grill the borough’s politicians in a fiery and passionate debate today about the EU referendum.

Friday, April 29, 2016
Members of the Havering Quilters made dresses for girls in third world countries out of pillowcases. Photo: Susan Persaud

Members of a sewing club have turned pillowcases into pretty decorated dresses for young girls living in third world countries.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe