All Members of the Jersey Eisteddfod were saddened to learn of the death of the lady who, for the last two decades, had been the still centre of the Eisteddfod.
Christine Hamon first became a Member of a Committee over forty years ago. In 2001, she was appointed the General Administrator. It was a post into which she threw her heart and soul and it is no exaggeration to say that she became the lynch-pin of the Eisteddfod.
As a Committee Member of the Music Section, and later the Chairman of the Autumn Festival Committee, she knew the ways of the Eisteddfod and its ethos. Once she became the General Administrator, she made it her business to be acquainted with the workings of all Sections. Nothing was too much trouble and she devoted much time, far more than was expected of her, to ensuring that the wheels of the Eisteddfod ran smoothly on their various tracks. If she were due to go on one of her cruises, she always made certain that every aspect of the Eisteddfod was in place and known by those who would have the care of them during her absence.
Christine was a lady sustained by a deep and abiding Faith, a Faith that guided her life and in many a debate on the workings of the Eisteddfod, hers was the still small voice of calm.
Christine retired at the end of last year and was preparing to go on another of her beloved cruises. It would have been richly earned and it is a cruel twist of Fate that it was not to be. Her colleagues take some comfort, however, from the knowledge that she passed from this life to the next quietly and peacefully in her armchair.
She leaves behind a sister, a son and daughter-in-law and a grandson, to all of whom she was devoted. The Members of the Jersey Eisteddfod send to them their deepest sympathy and gratitude for Christine’s life and work.