Carole Rafferty


Carole Rafferty (MBE) has died in hospital this morning after a short illness. She was 61.

Carole has been one of the most tireless and influential community leaders in the regeneration and development of Castle Vale. In recent years, she has been Chair of the TRA and was made an Honorary President of the TRA during the past few weeks.

Carole was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of June 2000 for services to the Castle Vale Housing Action Trust.

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16 responses to “Carole Rafferty

  1. So sad to learn of Carole’s passing, she will be sorely missed.

    Carole was a wonderful person who contributed so much to the community, by dedicating herself tirelessly no matter what; to make Castle Vale the great place it is today.

    My thoughts and condolences are with Carole’s family at this time.

    Dawn Duncan

  2. Dave Roberts

    My condolences to Tracey, Matt and the family.
    Carole was a good and supportive friend. She will be sadly missed.

  3. Julie Mills

    |I second Dave in offering my condolences to Tracey, Matt, Zoe and Laura.

    Carole was a very special person offering her support to many, freely and willingly often to those less fortunate than herself. A loving mother with a community spirit.

  4. Tony&Pat Romano

    Our prayer goes out for George,Tracy,Matt,Zoe,Laura
    Carole was a special friend to us. Always
    giving-helping-with a great love for Castle Vale
    She will be missed by many

  5. I only met Carole once but could immediately sense her kind heart and generous spirit. I grew up on Castle Vale and wished there had been people like Carole around during those years.

    Carole is going to be greatly missed.

  6. Wendy Walsh

    Carole’s passing is the end of an era, she selflessly supported so many and touched the lives of 1000’s of people, she really made a difference for us all.

    Her family should be so proud of who Carole was and what she achieved.

    George, Tracey, Matt, Zoe & Laura we are thinking of you at this sad time.

  7. David & Joan Townsend

    June 18th
    We had the privilege of knowing Carole and we thank God sincerely for her life of service. We send our love and prayers to all the family and may they experience His comfort at this time.

  8. John & Pam Sharpe

    carole was a speacial person and will be missed by many our thoughts are with her family god bless from all at the slimming club

  9. Grant Williams

    At this difficult time, our thoughts are with Carole’s family, to whom we express our deepest sympathy.

    It is impossible to understate the positive, passionate and resident-focussed contribution made by Carole to the estate over many years, which was officially recognised by her MBE.

    It was a rare honour and a privilege to have had the opportunity to have worked with such a special person, who will be sorely missed and whose influence will live on.

  10. My thoughts and prayers are with George, Tracey, Carol, Matt, Zoe, Laura and family on friends on this sad occasion.

    I know that Carole achieved such a lot in her life and her spirit and kindness will be a legacy to us all.

  11. There is a small collection of people who are Castle Vale, Carole was an esteemed member of this group. She will be missed by those who had the privilege to know her and her wisdom and influence on the welfare of the community will be missed by many more.
    I would like to offer my sincere condolences to her family.

  12. Hazel Carroll

    Carole was a wonderful person to know.She had time for everyone Carole was Castle Vale and was honored for all the work that she did with a M.B.E.
    Carole will be sadly missed by all those who knew her.
    My sincere condolences to her family

  13. from Brenda Horton:

    I first met Carol back in the 80s on a field at Toms Farm in Park Lane, where both our daughters had their ponies.
    Even then she was determined that Castle Vale would have its own stables. Over the next few years she and I and others like Marie, Maggie, Oriel and Silvia, ran fundraising events eg: gymkhanas, horse shows and carnivals, to raise money and the profile for the stables.
    Then in 1987 Carol’s dream came true when the stables were opened, and still Carol kept up the fight for family’s on Castle Vale to keep it affordable, and that was only a drop in the ocean about Carol.

    Over these years myself and Carol became very close friends as did our family’s and half the Vale, to the extent were there was 2 coach loads of people that went on Tracey and Matts honeymoon, what a week! but that was Carol,once a friend always a friend.

    She touched so many peoples lives and will be greatly missed,
    our thoughts go to George, Tracey Matt, Zoe and Laura.

    Lets never forget our friend Carol, I never will.

    Brenda Horton and Family

  14. Tracey Barrington

    We would like to say a big thank you for all kind words that has given the family huge comfort at such very sad a time. It is true that many people have benefited as part of Carole’s involvement on Castle Vale but she only done what she did because she truly believed that Castle Vale deserved to be a better place for everyone. Carole received her MBE as credit to her hard work and dedication however she played down her efforts and was modest to the end.
    Carole was a larger than life person who will leave a massive gap in our lives for ever. We will treasure our memories and live by the high standards she set and not a day will go by where we will not be reminded of her.

    Her funeral will take place on Monday 30th June 2008 leaving from Topcliffe House at 1.15pm, to arrive at St Cuthbert’s church for 1.45pm. Everyone who loved Carole is welcome.

    Once again thank you for you love and support.
    George, Tracey, Zoe and Laura

  15. Betty Styles

    Carol and I have been friends for over 40years who have shared many experiences wheather it be good, bad, laughter even sorrow.
    Carol has, and always will be a true friend even up til the bitter end, she will be sadly missed but I believe she will live on through her daughter (Tracey) and grandaughters (Zoe and Laura).
    My deepest sympathy goes out to all the family George, Tracey, Matt, Zoe and Laura.
    Carol you touched so many people without realising it, you have proved this, and you still touch people now, you are my true friend who meant so much without realising it Good-Night God Bless and I believe we will meet again.

  16. Thank you for taking me out to all those nice places and having so much fun with me, my auntie Bett and Zoe, Laura and Robyn, I will miss you loads, Reene-Lea.xx
    I would just like to say a personal thank you Carole for being another auntie figure to my daughter I know from what she says about you that she will miss you dearly, in such a short time you touched the younger genaration as -well as the older generation I will be always greatful for this time that you shared with her THANK-YOU
    Leanne + Andrew. xx