The tributes that were written about John Charles Stevenson and Geraldine Anne Stevenson best sum them up as a family. "It was very apparent that they were an extremely happy family." "Their enthusiastic and happy approach to life contributed to the positive ambience that they always created around them."
John and Geraldine had known each other since primary school in Stockport and had both worked in and around Manchester until John's work took them to Poole in Dorset, and eventually to Surrey.
John, Geraldine, Hannah, and Rachael were traveling to New England to spend Christmas with Geraldine's sister and family. The girls were so excited about spending time with their cousins. Hannah and Rachael were vivacious girls, much loved by all their cousins and a source of delight to their grandparents.
John worked for Visa International in Kensington, London, where he was recognised as a competent and diligent professional dedicated to the company. He was also a person with a zest for life, who loved playing football and who got great pleasure from entertaining their girls with his piano and guitar.
Geraldine, a graduate of Sheffield University, was an inspirational English teacher who worked wholeheartedly to get the best out of all of her students. Geraldine was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable about her subject that she made it easy for anyone listening to her to be enthused. She was just about to take up a new post at St. Maur's Convent School in Surrey.
Geraldine was a very talented person, and she delighted in sharing her talents with her children and friends.
John, Geraldine, Hannah, and Rachael were very active in their parish in Hinchley Wood. The previous Sunday they had all sung together in the Family Carol Concert. In their memory, the parish room has been named the Stevenson Memorial Room.
Their memory hasn't faded. All their family and friends recognise that the Stevenson family's zest for living would have enhanced their own lives.
May they rest in peace.
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