Barbara Joan Greensmith obituary: ‘Endearing’ Hornsey woman and Crouch End hairdresser dies aged 76

Barbara Joan Greensmith (1943-2020). Picture: Rebecca Greensmith

Barbara Joan Greensmith (1943-2020). Picture: Rebecca Greensmith - Credit: Archant

A “courageous” and “elegant” Hornsey woman with a “stong moral compass” has died aged 76.

Barbara Joan Greensmith (née Botten) moved to Hornsey when she was three years old and attended St Mary’s School - now Greig City Academy - where her father was caretaker.

Born in Yorkshire, she went on to work as a hairdresser at Simon’s in Tottenham Lane, Crouch End, and then as a secretary for the flooring company Nairns.

St Mary’s Church - of which only the bell tower remains in Hornsey High Street - played a central role in Barbara’s life and it hosted her marriage in 1964.

After St Mary’s was demolished in 1969, she attended Hornsey Parish Church while she lived in Hillfield Avenue.

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Barbara’s family told this newspaper how proud she was of her children and grandchildren.

They said: “Barbara was a loyal friend. She had an endearing and exceptionally funny personality, she always made people laugh and was the best of company.

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“Barbara was a beautiful person, both inside and out, she was always very glamorous and elegant.

“She was courageous, kind and loving, with a great strength of character and strong moral compass. She always stood up for what she believed in.”

Barbara is survived by her children Mathew and Rebecca, her daughter-in-law Lesley, her grandchildren Charlotte, Georgia and Lara, her sisters Jean and Rosalind, and her tortoise Albert.

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