Obituary: Linda Pope

Practice owner Linda Pope has died

Linda Pope
OT is sad to report the death of “vibrant” practice owner Linda Pope (pictured). Well known to many in optics, she died unexpectedly in December following routine heart surgery.

Ms Pope is remembered by Janice English.

“Much admired for her broad sense of humour and passion for the natural world, Linda, 71, combined motherhood with establishing her practice in 1979 at Hawhurst, Kent, near to the family home in Goudhurst. Many patients recall Linda taking her cocker spaniel, Gruber, to work with her every day – a poignant reminder of her love of nature and animals.

“Linda’s respected business is now owned by Liz and Hannah who first joined as 15-year-old work experience trainees.

“At her funeral in December guests were told that Linda Johnson, as she then was, enjoyed a happy childhood in Windsor. She remained very fond of the town and recalled walking across the Thames there when it was frozen during the harsh 1963 winter.

“Linda left the local grammar school with excellent results and went to work briefly for ICI as a lab technician. She soon decided to take another path and train as a dispensing optician at City and East London College where she met her soulmate, Roger, who was attracted by her “bright personality, beauty and her collection of mini-skirts.”

“They qualified in 1970 and married the following year, first living in Blackheath and later in Datchet, close to Windsor, before moving to Kent.

“Linda was a passionate gardener, often giving plants away that she had nurtured, and generously opening her garden to raise funds for the local hospice. Passionate about wildlife, the family have asked for donations in place of flowers for an organisation close to Linda – the Rye Harbour Nature Trust where she volunteered.”

She leaves behind her husband of 48 years, Roger, daughter Alexis, son Ian, their spouses and three grandchildren who she adored.