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Twins, 93, separated by road tragedy

PUBLISHED: 16:19 13 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:36 07 September 2010

Sylvia Haywood

Sylvia Haywood

A 93-year-old woman has paid tribute to her twin sister who was killed when she was knocked over by a car in Fortune Green. Sylvia Haywood, born in 1915, died when she was hit by a car near the junction of Lyndale Avenue and Finchley Road just after 5pm l

A 93-year-old woman has paid tribute to her twin sister who was killed when she was knocked over by a car in Fortune Green.

Sylvia Haywood, born in 1915, died when she was hit by a car near the junction of Lyndale Avenue and Finchley Road just after 5pm last Wednesday.

The popular grandmother was rushed to hospital but died little more than an hour later from her injuries.

Ms Haywood lived with her twin sister Jill Brandon in Ashbourne Avenue, Temple Fortune.

The family is still trying to come to terms with her death.

"It's going to be a great, great loss," said Ms Brandon. "Everyone loved her and she did everything for anyone.

"We used to go everywhere together. We had not finished a holiday and she was already planning the next. She absolutely loved life and did a lot of good deeds for charities."

Ms Haywood, a former a dressmaker, was in good health for her age. The two sisters enjoyed travelling together and would journey across the globe to visit friends and family.

Ms Brandon's son, Clive Russell, was told of the news last Wednesday and had the job of telling the rest of the family.

"Obviously the shock is very sudden," said Mr Russell. "It's not like an illness - a person full of life is suddenly not there. It's all the more because my mother's life was interwoven with her sister's, she was her alter ego.

"Throughout their whole lives I don't think a week went by when they didn't see each other."

Ms Haywood's daughter, Brenda Franks, and her children returned from their home in Barcelona while other members of the family flew in from New Zealand for Sunday's funeral.

Ms Franks said: "She was an active woman. She was devoted to her family and she loved everyone.

"She never had a bad word to say about anyone. She was the happiest and most positive person you would meet.

"She lived in Temple Fortune for 50 years and was loved by all the shopkeepers and neighbours."

The twins' elder brother, 96-year-old Bernard Russell, who also lives in Fortune Green, was also there to pay respects.

Ms Haywood is also survived by her son, Roger.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to last Wednesday's collision to come forward.

A police spokesman said: "The collision took place near a bus stop on Finchley Road. The area would have been busy with people on their way home from work at this time. If you were in the area and witnessed this incident, please contact the Collision Investigation Unit at Alperton on 020-8998 5319.


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