Mourners pay tribute to beloved Tasburgh businesswoman and Franchise Development Services Judy Seaman
Dozens of mourners descended upon Tasburgh to pay their respects to a beloved wife, mother, friend and businesswoman.
Rolls Royces lined the streets on Wednesday, as funeral-goers paid their respects to Judy Seaman. The mother-of-four died at her home on May 13, a few short years after being diagnosed with cancer.
Mrs Seaman had rubbed shoulders with a host of prime ministers and world leaders through her career as the co-founder and co-owner of a franchise consultancy company, alongside her husband, Roy.
Born in Trinidad & Tobago, she moved to England in the early 1970s, having worked in London for a number of years before relocating to Norwich.
Years later, she would go on to meet Roy and, together, the pair started several businesses, before establishing Franchise Development Services. Based in Norwich for more than 30 years, they had several offices in the UK as well as overseas.
Mr Seaman, 75, said: “She was bubbly and confident – a joy to be around. She had a positive mental attitude and was always smiling.
“She immediately lit up any room.”
Through her career, the grandmother-of-four met the likes of former prime ministers Margaret Thatcher and John Major, as well as HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, when invited to an event at Windsor Castle for his 70th birthday.
Mourners flew in from as far away as the Caribbean to attend the funeral, which was followed by a celebration of her life at Dunston Hall. More than £1,000 has been donated in her memory to cancer charity Big C.
Having spent more than 40 years living in Tasburgh, she had become well-known across the south Norfolk region.
“Judy loved Diss and Harleston for shopping and found the people so friendly,” added Mr Seaman.
“She once described them as ‘the happiest people on Earth’. She will be missed by so many.”