Gatwick Airport on the way to Tunisia August 2012
Valerie John
  • 55 years old
  • Date of birth: Mar 22, 1959
  • Date of passing: Jul 25, 2014
Let the memory of Valerie be with us forever

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Valerie John, 55, born on March 22, 1959 and passed away on July 25, 2014. We will remember her forever.

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the death of our beloved mother, sister, aunt and friend Valerie John.  Please join us to celebrate her life at Barnet Multicultural Community Centre,  Algernon
Road, NW4 3TA on the 30/08/14 at 6.30 PM for Songs of Worship.

Funeral Service will be held at St Mary's Church, Moorhouse Road, Notting Hill Bayswater W2 10:00 AM on 1 September


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Ola Solanke on 25th July 2016

"Hey Val.

Just a quick word to say hello."

This tribute was added by Ada Emenike on 22nd March 2016

"Forever in our hearts and minds."

This tribute was added by Horace Millar-Jaja on 22nd March 2016

"Valerie you are remembered always, Rest In Peace"

This tribute was added by Ola Solanke on 22nd March 2016

"I can believe this is the 2nd anniversary of Valerie's passing, its almost as if she is still with us all.. But of course Val, will always be in all our hearts."

This tribute was added by Carmen Neto on 22nd March 2016

"Dear friend Valery,

Jesus called you unto him.

Earth has one gentle soul less,
And Heaven one angel more.

You are reunited with your mum Rita, both free from pain.
Your lives a beautiful memory,
Your absence a silent grief.
Deep in our hearts a memory is kept,
Of one we loved and shall never forget.

In God’s care you rest above,
In our hearts you rest with love.
May The Lord our God bless and keep you in His care.

Our “saint of single mothers”, may your soul rest in perfect peace. Amen"

This tribute was added by henry achiekwelu on 22nd March 2016

"You will always be missed."

This tribute was added by henry achiekwelu on 22nd March 2016

"You will always be missed."

This tribute was added by Marilyn Carty on 8th December 2015

I've been thinking of you lately, as you remind me so much like Kenya Moore from RHOA! (JUST STARTING WATCHING). Only to google your name, and end up on this page! Those days in the 1980s with you, living in Hertfordshire, to say the least, were most entertaining. We had our up & downs, but you most certainly left an impact.

This tribute was added by Karen Jones on 16th January 2015

"University of Hertfordshire: 1986-1989.

Went to University in the 1980s with this wonderful, beautiful, bubbly person.

Although we worked hard in the 3 years that we were there, we shared lots of fun, laughter and adventures along the way. She made such an impact on all those who came in contact with her and it is such a pity we lost contact over the years, I having moved to live in the Caribbean.

When I returned to the UK last year, I tried to locate her to no avail. However, she had never left my thoughts as I often to my husband about her and our uni days. Only this week, I tried again to research her online and imagine my devastation when I found this webpage advising that she has now passed away. I was heartbroken, as I really wanted to catch up with her and to find out how she was doing all these years and to share my escapades with her.

My heart goes out to all her family and friends. She will be terribly missed and will make a wonderful angel. I know that she is looking down on us.

Forever in my heart.
Karen Jones"

This tribute was added by Ann Augustin on 2nd October 2014

"I am shocked and sad to hear of Valerie's passing we were very close in our twenties but unfortunately lost touch. She was a fun energetic person and great to have around. We worked together and traveled to America together (happy times). R I P Valerie."

This tribute was added by sandra St Aubyn on 1st September 2014

"Dear Valerie
Thinking of you at this sad time. You were an inspiration to all. Your legacy will live forever.

This tribute was added by Marva Allison on 31st August 2014

"I will truly miss you Valerie. I'm so glad we met up after many years.
I remember you as a strong, focused and beautiful young women who stood her ground and supported many causes. You never gave up and could always be found helping someone in need...AS WAS YOUR WAY... One Love PEACE be UNTO YOU and YOURS....."

This tribute was added by Mary Mensah on 29th August 2014

"My heartfelt thoughts are with Valerie's family, especially her children.

I met Valerie through the Westminster Supported Lodgings Carers support group.  She contributed greatly to the group by sharing her ideas and experiences through her fostering career.  Valerie was such an inspiration to all who came across her and most especially the young persons whose lives she turned around through her fostering career.  She has left some footprints which can never be erased.  She will be sorely missed by all.  
"Valerie, May your soul rest in perfect peace"."

This tribute was added by Paula Nicholas on 28th August 2014

"My dear friend Valerie has had such a positive influence on my life and for my own selfish reasons will miss this realistic but pragmatic optomistic. A very intelligent,witty and gifted woman.
You have left us far too soon.

May your soul rest in Peace.

Paula,Olukayode and family"

This tribute was added by Zubeida Adams on 28th August 2014

"It is with great sorrow that I have learnt about the death of a selfless woman, mother, foster carer and friend, Valerie.  Thank you so much for all you have contributed to the Fostering Team over the years.  You have opened your home to so many young people and offered them a loving and caring family home environment, support, encouragement, motivation, inspiration, undivided attention, etc. It was a pleasure supervising you over the years and witnessing the change you have made to the lives of these young people.

May your soul rest in eternal peace and may the Almighty give your family and friends the strength to bear this irreplaceable loss.
Zubeida Adams – Supervising Social Worker
Triborough Fostering & Adoption Service"

This tribute was added by Mariam Koroma on 27th August 2014

"Valerie, you were a friend to all that came across your way and did all in your power to help.  You were a source of bottomless information, and if you did not know, you made sure you found the information.  It was my pleasure to be your friend and appreciate you remembering me so close to you leaving us.  It was as if you knew this was coming.  May God guide you on your way and Rest in Perfect Peace."

This tribute was added by Sumbo Kehinde on 26th August 2014

""To live in hearts we leave behind Is not to die."
~Thomas Campbell

I can not find the words to say goodbye but until we meet again my darling friend, may God keep you in the palm of his hands,"

This tribute was added by Gloria Achiekwelu on 24th August 2014

"Valerie its so hard to believe that you are gone.  Where do I start?  

When I relocated to London with my young children, you made me feel at home.  You took charge.  Taking my children off me when I had to work.  You showed me where I could buy things, shopping malls, we ate and laughed.  You were an amazing person.  Always around to share, to empathize, to listen and to laugh - with that booming voice of yours! You were selfless!

My regret is that I missed your call while abroad and meant to call you back.  I think about that call and I wish I could turn back the clock.

I will always cherish my memories of you.  Shine on Valerie.  May God grant you eternal rest."

This tribute was added by Bola Kosoko on 23rd August 2014

"Valerie, it is with a very heavy heart that I write. It has taken me this long as your untimely death came as a total shock to my son and I. All I remember is you, just barely days before your death, standing in my living room, coaching my son to support me with your ideas. You have always been very inspiring to many and full of life. What a great loss but I thank God for leaving me with very positive memories of you.

You will surely be missed by many. I pray the good Lord comfort each and every one of your family and friends. What a gem.Though you are gone, your fond memories live on.

Rest in perfect peace dear."

This tribute was added by Bola Fatimilehin on 21st August 2014

"Dear Valerie it would have been great to have got to know you better. Your passion and energy to engage and motivate people was something to be admired.  I will always remember your laughter.... Rest in peace Valerie x"

This tribute was added by amina fikri on 18th August 2014

"Valerie I wished I know better it's to early to go rest in peace"

This tribute was added by Cecilia Jones on 18th August 2014

"Valerie, wish I had known you better.  Rest in perfect peace."

This tribute was added by Maureen Coumbe on 18th August 2014

"Valerie I only met you a few times on foster care courses,you were so inspirational and full of life ,I will never forget you ,sleep in peace xx"

This tribute was added by Golda Gaituah on 18th August 2014

"My heart is with Valerie's family at this very difficult time.  She will be missed by us - foster carers for the contribution she made at our meetings and training sessions.  I hope that Valerie's spirit will live on through her children.  The trips to China and encouraging them to reach for the sky will hold them in good stead for the future.  Although I can imagine that it is a difficult time for the family at the moment, I hope that in due course the memories of the times they have spent together will bring a smile to their faces.  Stay strong Golda Gaituah"

This tribute was added by Sarah Anderson on 18th August 2014

"My thoughts are with Valerie's family.  I am a fellow foster carer in Westminster and send lots of love & best wishes.  Valerie was a truely wonderful person & will be much missed by her fellow foster carers.
Love from


This tribute was added by iyanu brown on 17th August 2014

"It was a terrible feeling when I heard you passed. You are going to be missed by us all. We will never forget the times that you helped us with all our troubles/problems. I guess God needed another angel by his side. Rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Alice Ogunde on 13th August 2014

"I was shocked when i heard Valerie died. I never knew Valerie on a personnel level really well,  i wish i had, but i know that she is the woman that looked after my little sister from a young age. From what i saw and heard from Valerie, i was very happy that Janet, her adopted daughter, was with her. She was caring and kind and made sure Janet lacked nothing.  I did sense that she was firm with her words, which i liked. When i first met her, she welcomed me with open arms and we slowly built a friendship. I admired and praised her for looking after Janet and adopting in general. What she has done for Janet and other children is truly remarkable. She did not seem judgemental and she was a good listener. May your soul rest in perfect peace."

This tribute was added by Emeka Oniah on 13th August 2014


This tribute was added by teresa nunn on 12th August 2014

"I was so shocked to hear of Valerie's death from our mutual friend Yvette, I knew Valerie through the west London free school where our children are in the same year and the work and donations Valerie made to the pta which yvette and I run, so shocking and sad she has gone, thankyou Valerie for all you did, you will be so missed, thinking of all your family and friends at this sad time
Teresa,Steve and Asher"

This tribute was added by Alison Weekes on 12th August 2014

"I met Valerie John at the end of July 2000 when we were both on the labour ward having our babies at Hammersmith hospital we developed a friendship that lasted 14 years without ever once having a disagreement. I will miss your raspy voice and laughter your encouragement in everything and sharing in the drive and ambition for our children.

It was a shock to hear of your passing as I had spoken to you earlier in the week and you were to call me back only to hear of your passing a few days later.

My sympathy to your daughter Ada, family and friends on this very sad occassion.

Valerie John may you Rest In Peace and Rise In Glory.

From Alison, Nathan, Mum, Dad and the rest of the Family."

This tribute was added by henry achiekwelu on 11th August 2014

"Val, you were a unique person. One of a few that can be counted upon. From Geneva, Switzerland to Alexandria, Virginia; Warsaw, W. Virginia to Detroit, Michigan/Oakdale Louisiana-you were invaluable. Thank God there is an integral part of you that will always remain with me until that day. The boys pay their respect. You will be missed."

This tribute was added by myles nixon-john on 11th August 2014

"Rest in peace Valerie  xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Thinking of the family and friends at this sad time. Love Rachel and myles xxxxx"

This tribute was added by Ada Emenike on 11th August 2014

"Losing a close friend makes you take stock of your life and brings you closer to your own mortality.

Valerie, you were a great inspiration to everyone one around you and literary one of the kindest souls that walked this earth. You had a genuine interest in people and never failed to help or encourage anyone who crossed your path.

Your death is quite a big shock to me and my family and to tell you the truth, I have not quite gotten over the news.

God gives and God takes and who are we to question his judgments. Your journey on earth has ended but we take solace in the beautiful times we shared with you.

Rest in perfect peace and may God grant us all, both family and friends, the fortitude to bear this colossal loss. Amen"

This tribute was added by Maureena Mohammed on 10th August 2014

"We will all miss you dearly.  Although we didn't talk often just like the stars you were always there.  Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this sad time, especially your daughters Ada and Janet.  May Allah bless them and protect them. xx"

This tribute was added by Amanda Keane on 10th August 2014

"One of the first parents that Richard and I met when our son joined our Lady of Victories, you were so gracious and welcoming and we are so sad to hear of your passing.

Rest in peace and our thoughts and prayers are with your family, especially Ada.

God bless"

This tribute was added by Alicja Gawel on 9th August 2014

""Rest in Peace Valerie."

My condolences to the family and friends."

This tribute was added by Ek Ishq on 8th August 2014

"To my dearly departed second mother
Where do I even start? I remember when I first met you in the earls court house I was about 12 from that day you made a massive different to my life, I never saw you as a career I saw you like my mother you never gave up on me no matter how much I messed up you always believed  in  me, it breaks my heart knowing my baby boy is never gonna know you nor did you meet him, I feel like it wasn't your time I wanted you around a little longer, I feel like I've lost the only person that ever cared about me, i feel like I can't turn to anyone now that your gone, everytime I felt like giving up on everything you helped me through all the hard times, I miss you so much I'm never gonna hear your soft voice again nor am I ever gonna see your face again , I'm never gonna get one of your special hugs, I thank you for coming into my life you gave me the love my own mother couldn't give me , I'm sorry I wasn't the perfect foster child, you made me a part of your little family and I'm forever grateful.   I love you mummy . I hope your looking down on my and my baby boy  may god bless your beautiful soul the world may have lost a wonderful person but heaven has gained an angel rest in beautiful peace xxxxxxxxx ❤️❤️❤️❤️"

This tribute was added by Sade A on 8th August 2014

"As our time in this world becomes increasingly precious. I pray that everyone comes to know a friend like Valerie. Her vibrance, love for life and beautiful heart will be missed dearly. You are in our thoughts forever darling Val."

This tribute was added by Rani Thoro on 8th August 2014

"We're still in shock
Rest in peace Valerie we love you ."

This tribute was added by Francesca Woodbridge on 8th August 2014

"I cannot say and I will not say
That she is dead, she is just away.
With a cheery smile and a wave of hand
She has wandered into an unknown land;
And left us dreaming how very fair
Its needs must be, since she lingers there.

And you-oh you, who the wildest yearn
From the old-time step and the glad return-
Think of her faring on, as dear
In the love of there, as the love of here
Think of her still the same way, I say;
She is not dead, she is just away.

Rest in peace Valerie, gone but never forgotten❤️."

This tribute was added by Lily House on 8th August 2014

"Having you gone is like a star without a sky, youve done so much and youve had an amazing journey some of which i thankfully got to share with you unfortantley your journey has come to an end amd things have changed, its time for you to take a new route you are always going to be apart of my family no matter what and thats the only thing i will think of you off youre an angel and youve gained your place up in heaven youve done al that you can and i respect you dearly i hope youre looking down on us and keeping us safe i know we havent lost you love you so much val xxxxxxxxxxxxx"

This tribute was added by Margaret Ejikeme on 8th August 2014

"May your soul rest in peace Valerie, i will remember your voice, your dances and those big eyes. God bless you and give strength to your daughter and your family to bear your absence.XX
Margaret, Benson and family."

This tribute was added by Stella Dadzie on 7th August 2014

"Words cannot describe how sad I am and how I feel about hearing this very sad news! I still cannot believe that Valerie has left us.  All my thoughts are with her children and family.  Last time I saw you, you said : "see you in September"...I cannot believe that we will never see you again.   We will miss you Valerie!  You had such  a great presence.  You were such a GREAT, CARING and POSITIVE lady- Never one to complain- Always looking out for my son. Always wanting the best for our kids...You've left us too soon Valerie! But we will always remember you...I am so grateful to have met you! Rest in Peace Valerie."

This tribute was added by Harry House on 7th August 2014

"I can't think i would of done without you Val. You are family and i will never forget you, the world has lost a good women and heaven has gained an angel.                                       Rest in peace xxxx"

This tribute was added by ANTONIA Okoye on 7th August 2014

"The sad news of your death left my whole family in shock especially having spoken to you a day before you travelled. I am still in shock and heartbroken to loose such a dear friend and a sister. The hardest part was trying to break the news to your Goddaughter. Val we love you but i guess God loves you more. You will always be in our hearts, remembering all the good times we shared together. you have been a great friend and sister for over 25years.

Val you did it your way again. Who will i call to tell about your god daughter's achievements? your great advise, always so happy and excited to hear about how well she is doing? We will Miss you dearly.
May your Soul Rest in Peace"

This tribute was added by Carmen Neto on 7th August 2014

"Valery was a real presence in so many people lives. She was  such an inspiration to so many mothers.  We all have a lot of  good memories about Valery. We all will miss her. May her soul rest in peace.
Our condolences to the family and to all friends.
Carmen and Ricardo"

This tribute was added by sandra williams on 7th August 2014

"My big sis I miss you more than words can say. You were an inspiration to everyone who knew you. Love you always xxx"

This tribute was added by Tina Collins on 6th August 2014

"Since I heard the news, like everyone, I've been in an odd mood, knowing that I will never speak/laugh/gossip/advice and be advised again/cry/plan/ with my friend again. What a gem!

Her role in my life was just too immense which is why I am hurting. Still, I hold on to the love/dreams/hope/laughter...

My condolences to the family and friends. God bless.
Ufuoma Overo-Tarimo"

This tribute was added by Niicole Crowe on 6th August 2014

"When Auntie Tina told me that you had past away I wanted to be there to see you and say good bye. Thank you for being there for me and I love you and miss you. Love Paul"

This tribute was added by Ada John on 6th August 2014

"Love you mum"

This tribute was added by Niicole Crowe on 6th August 2014

"Auntie Val you left us to soon, you are my idol and you taught me so much throughout the sort time I knew you, you are an inspiration to everyone that knew and loved you. Love you always. Gone but never forgotten."

This tribute was added by Tina Collins on 6th August 2014

"I miss you every day."

This tribute was added by Horace Millar-Jaja on 6th August 2014

"Rest in Peace left us too soon."

This tribute was added by Joanna Adande on 6th August 2014

"Valerie John has been such an integral part of my life that I cannot actually remember when we met.  She has just always been there for nearly 40 years and I cannot imagine life without her physical presence.  We partied together, worked and did business together above all we shared a mutual love and respect.

She will always remain a part of me, the memories the laughter and shared ambitions will continue to inspire and guide me through the vicissitudes of life.

Valerie was larger than life in more ways than one - she had a massive heart and capacity to give and share, a large appetite for enjoyment and the finer things of life and was engaged in endless 'runnings' for the benefit of herself and those around her.

Her friendships were legion and include a potpourri of people of all colours, creed and class such was her encompassing and non-judgmental nature.

No doubt her biggest achievement and source of joy were her children, who will be a testimony to the passion for excellence that Valerie strived for in all she did.

Valerie it was a privilege to know you, you will be forever missed but never forgotten.

Rest in peace"

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