Tribute to Nigel Boorman

3rd September 2019

It is with great sadness and sorrow that we have to inform Foodbank volunteers and supporters of
the passing of Nigel Boorman. Nigel, 62, leaves his partner, Tracy, his mother and sister. A warm-
hearted, kind man who felt extremely fortunate and always wanted to give something back, Nigel
was a keen supporter of Stratford Town football club and had been a very active player in the
badminton league, playing for Alveston.

Following his early retirement in his 40’s, Nigel was keen to put back into the community and
became a support worker to people with learning difficulties in a residential care home. He found
this very rewarding in itself, and this was where he met Tracy in 2010.

Nigel subsequently retired completely, which was when he began volunteering with Stratford
Foodbank where he was always a huge support, especially in its early days. He was one of our
volunteer drivers and, between 2013 and 2015, would take parcels from the foodbank warehouse
on Tesco’s car park to the distribution centres at the church halls of Holy Trinity and the United
Reform Church. Once the second cabin was set up at Tesco’s for distribution, Nigel became the
warehouse manager and a Foodbank committee member.

Fondly remembering Nigel, Heather Bridgewater, a long-standing volunteer with the Foodbank
recalled, “He was a lovely man and so good to me as one of my drivers.  Nothing was too much
trouble for him as far as the Foodbank was concerned”
Marion Homer, Foodbank Manager, said “Nigel was a Foodbank Superstar. His efforts, firstly as a
driver and then a warehouse manager, left a lasting impact on both the Foodbank, and more
importantly, on the community he served. Stratford was so fortunate that Nigel chose to spend
much of his spare time supporting the Foodbank. He will be sadly missed. We remember him
with love and affection, and also with a smile, as we recall his sense of humour and dry wit. Rest
easy Nigel”.

Tracy has been Nigel’s full-time carer since December 2018, when, two years after diagnosis he
became too ill to leave his bed. With the support of Tracy, the Shakespeare Hospice at Home
Service, and latterly his sister, Nigel was able to fulfil his wish to die at home. Diagnosed in October
2016 with a very rare form of cancer, post nasal adenocarcinoma, Nigel was treated for more than
12 months with radiation and chemotherapy which left him feeling very poorly, only to be told in
April 2018 that it had spread to his liver and was incurable.

Nigel’s funeral will take place on Tuesday 10 th September at 12.30pm in the South Chapel at Oakleigh
Wood, and everyone who knew Nigel is very welcome to attend. The family have requested no
flowers, but donations are welcome and will be split between the Shakespeare Hospice and
Stratford Foodbank. We are extremely grateful to Tracy and Nigel’s family for their kind and
generous offer to share donations with us, and his memory will live on amongst all those who knew
him through the Foodbank. Rest In Peace, Nigel.

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