We are really sad to report the death of Steven Gore, resident at Fenners for 30 years. He passed away peacefully after a short spell in hospital.

During his time at Fenners, Steven enjoyed a wide range of activities and hobbies. He used to attend NANSA (support for people with disabilities) and Norwich City College, travelling on the bus from Diss with his friends. He volunteered at SCOPE charity shop in Diss for over 5 years.

Steven enjoyed the company of his fellow residents; he always wanted to know where everyone was. He participated in day trips out and resident’s holidays including canoeing and sailing on the Norfolk Broads and holidays to Hunstanton and Yarmouth (the only time he did the washing up!), as well as a memorable week’s visit to Blackpool and Coronation Street. Steven was part of the adventurous trip on Eurostar to Disneyland Paris.

He enjoyed watching horse racing on TV, and in person at Newmarket and Great Yarmouth. He and Penny attended ballroom dancing evening classes in Diss, and he enjoyed the dances and birthday parties held at Shelfanger. He liked the theatre, and memorably volunteered to be the dormouse in Fenners’ summer garden artistic production of the Mad Hatter’s tea party. Steven also enjoyed live music and saw Acker Bilk and Kenny Ball in concert.

Steven was also happy in his own company, he used to complete a daily diary, and he enjoyed listening to music, especially jazz and audiobooks. Steven also enjoyed playing solitaire and patience with cards and always had a pack of cards close by.

Steven appreciated routine and liked things a certain way; he was courteous and often charming. If he required assistance he would call out for ‘one of the ladies?’  He will be remembered with great fondness by staff and residents alike.

A creature of habit, Steven used to visit his father in Diss on Tuesday mornings, and later continued this family habit at his sister Maggie’s, playing cards and listening to records. She and her family have continued to be supportive of both Steven and of Fenners for all these years, and we send them our condolences and best wishes in these troubled times.