Tuesday, January 19, 2010

June Gracey

Gladys Hollick (Sir Alfred's eldest daughter), Arthur Hollick, June Vapenik (nee Hollick), Gavin Vapenik, Ian Hollick, Lady Nina Herbert and Sir Alfred Herbert.
June Gracey, nee Hollick, formerly Vapenik, was born in Leamington in 1920, the eldest daughter of Arthur and Gladys Hollick. Gladys Hollick was Sir Alfred Herbert's eldest daughter by his first wife, Ellen Ryley. June had a younger brother, Ian, who died in 2004.

June married Capt Milo Vapenik in 1941 and had two children, Gavin (1943) and Jane (1950). Capt Vapenik died and June was married again to Dr Nigel Gracey. They lived at Swalcliffe Manor, Banbury before moving to Jersey.

June was very close to her grandfather and has kept many of his writings and effects, including a large bronze bust presented to him by the Institute of Engineers.

Sadly, despite being very fond of Coventry and Hampshire, she isn't well enough to travel.