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  Nr. 41 - September 2001
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June Prentice

by Vicki Preston, September 2001
Many of the foreign residents in the Marpissa-Drios area will remember June - a frequent visitor to the island during the 1990s. June lived in Athens for over 20 years before returning to her native UK earlier this year to live close to her daughter and grandchildren.

June wrote a number of useful articles about visiting Athens for 'Paros Life' and was a contributor (as J.L. Prentice) to the Athens News for many years. A prolific talker and letter writer (she once confessed she "must have been born without an 'edit' button"), she was never known to be slow to criticise - though she didn't miss an opportunity to offer praise where it was due either. She's certainly the only person I ever knew to receive a personal letter from a Greek shipping line to apologize for the condition of their toilets !

She also worked tirelessly on behalf of the 'Friends of the Cat' organization to help the stray cats of Greece, fed over 30 street cats daily for years in her neighbourhood in Athens and was hardly ever seen out without her 'Friends of the Cat' badge pinned to an elegant outfit. Which prompted a mutual friend of ours to remark: "The cats really ought to have their own badges saying 'Friend of June Prentice'!"

It is with very much sadness that I learned of June's death from lung cancer in hospital in the U.K. in early August. She was a dear friend who supported me personally in many ways over the years and I shall miss her greatly.
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