Party stalwart dies in Streatham

Anna Hunter

Anna Hunter

First published in News

A devoted political activist who campaigned to make Streatham a better place has died.

Anna Hunter, who died on August 11, met husband Bill at the Locarno dance hall in Streatham during the 1950s after moving to London from Poland where she grew up.

The couple, who were married for 60 years, shared an interest in politics and were members of the Streatham Conservative Association (SCA) for more than 50 years.

Mrs Hunter, who led SCA women’s group for several years during the 1990s, campaigned tirelessly on issues in Streatham and on behalf of two former MPs Duncan Sandys and Sir William Shelton.

She also campaigned to keep a presence for Pratt’s department store in the mid-1980s and as part of 'Streatham Against The Roads' (STAR) – which campaigned against the building of a bypass that would have absorbed some of Streatham Common.

She also actively supported Bill, who died six months before his wife, during his eight-year term as Chairman of SCA for much of the 1980s and was a school governor at Hitherfield and St Joseph’s.

Mrs Hunter was raised in Poland and her first job was as a medical secretary and translator in US army camps.

Soon after her father, a major in the Polish army, was posted to Scotland, she moved to work as a nurse in London.

Over the last five years she had become virtually immobile and lived in a nursing home close to the family home.

Mrs Hunter is survived by their three children, Richard, Ian and Fiona and by their eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Her daughter Fiona Bengtsson said: "Not only was Anna a loving mother, wife and friend, but also she was a popular and very active member of the local community".

Neil Salt, president of SCA, said: "Anna will be sorely missed both by her family and by her numerous friends from across the political spectrum in the Streatham area."

A memorial service to celebrate Anna’s life will take place on Friday, September 7, at 3.30pm at Our Lady of Pity and St Simon Church at 3 Hazelwell Road, Putney, SW15 6LU.

Enquiries to the Funeral Directors, Constable and Toop, on 020 8291 0811.

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