Popular lollipop lady dies after four decades keeping children safe

Dorothy Baird.
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A LOLLIPOP lady who kept families safe for four decades has died just weeks after she was diagnosed with cancer.

Dorothy Baird had already overcome breast cancer when she was 60 and had no desire to retire from her post outside the fire station in Seaham.

The mum-of-three died at home in Deneside, Seaham, aged 73, surrounded by her family, less than four weeks after she was diagnosed with bone cancer.

Her daughter Susan, 43, said: “She just loved ‘her bairns’ and she saw generations across the road.

“Everyone knew my mam. She was loved by so many, but she would always tell off any children who ran across the road and stand up to drivers if they did wrong. Some of the comments on Facebook said she was a legend.”

Dorothy was a familiar sight in her yellow coat as she cycled to and from her shifts, which saw her help children from Seaham Trinity Primary after Camden Square Infants, Princess Road Junior and Parkside Infant Schools merged in 2009.

She worked outside the fire station for 35 years, after spending the five years before covering patrols across the town.

She was a regular at Valente’s café and a member of the Kingdom Hall in Strangford Road, where her packed funeral was held.

Jean Mayhew, who was headteacher of Camden Square Infants, was among those to send condolences to Susan and sisters Julie Bacon, 49, and Dorothy, 46.

Jean said: “Dorothy was such a lively personality who devoted her life to her family and her work as a traffic warden at Camden Square School.

“She cared for the children and will be sadly missed by them and their parents.”

Dorothy, who was one of 21 children, also leaves six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Her family have sent thanks to Marie Curie, Macmillan, district nurses and Kenneth Taylor Funeral Directors for their support.

Donations in lieu of flowers will go to Marie Curie, as money from the funeral of her husband John, who died in 2007 aged 67, were passed on to Mac-