Former Scarborough hotelier and Friarage governor Hazel Wain, a true 'bottom ender', dies age 80

A former Scarborough hotelier and governor of Friarage School has died at the age of 80 following a short illness.

Friday, 13th December 2019, 9:52 am
Updated Friday, 13th December 2019, 9:54 am
Hazel Wain. Photo from David Wain.

Hazel Wain was born in Scarborough and lived in Eastborough with her parents George and Violet Douglas.

Hazel’s association with Friarage started with her attending the school as a child before moving up to the Central Modern School for Girls.

Hazel married her husband John, a former President of the Scarborough Hotels Association and Vice President of the Scarborough Football Club, in St. Martin’s Church in 1961.

Together they ran hotels in Albemarle Crescent and Queen Street for many years.

Following her husband’s death in 1995 Hazel became a full-time grandma looking after her granddaughter Rachel, who also attended Friarage.

Looking after Rachel did not stop her from travelling which included visits to the USA, India, Hong Kong, Philippines, Morocco, Portugal and her beloved Egypt where she was the first tourist to see Tutankhamen when he was taken out of his sarcophagus and displayed separately.

However, it was her love for children that lead her to being an helper in the nursery at Friarage and a school governor.

Hazel was always a “bottom-ender” at heart and was the treasurer of the Castle Ward Tenants and Residents Association for many years.

She was involved with the Scarborough based “Stepping Stones” charity, an organisation which setup a school and church in West Bengal, India.

She not only sponsored the education of three children but also visited the school.

Hazel is survived by her children David and Joanne and her granddaughter Rachel.

Her service of thanksgiving will take place at St Martin-on-the-Hill on Wednesday December 18 at 12.45pm to which everybody is invited to attend and celebrate her life.