It is with regret that we announce the death of Joyce Kennedy on the 29 November 1999 at Lymington Hospital.

Joyce had spent 42 years working in the laundry industry starting at the age of 18 as a management trainee at the Times Group of laundries.

She eventually became a director of New Era Linen Services, served as president of the Association of Women Launderers and was a Freeman of the City of London. Joyce also became a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Launderers.

Joyce Kennedy was born in 1914 at Crouch End, North London and had three brothers and one sister. It was on a school visit to the Association of British Launderers at Lancaster Gate, London that she first became interested in the industry which was to take up so much of her adult life.

During the war, in addition to running a large laundry, she was a firefighter and ambulance driver.

In 1975, Joyce with her husband, Arthur Kennedy OBE, retired to a house in the New Forest where she spent the remainder of her life. Mr Kennedy told LCN: “She will be remembered for her charming and cheerful disposition. She had a good voice, impeccable manners and a twinkle in her eye.” For all the many friends she had in the industry her death will come as a sad loss.