Daphne Hilda Grose MBE 19252015 Daphne Hilda Grose, formerly head of representation at the Consumers Association and a vice-president ofCTSI, died peacefully in her sleep on 26 May 2015, aged 89. Daphne was born and brought up in Clapham, south-west London, where she lived for most of her life. She was educated at Clapham County Grammar School and then gained a history degree at Kings College London. She joined the civil service and for several years worked at the Monopolies Commission. In 1959, she moved to the Consumers Association, where she remained for the rest of her working life. Daphne loved her work so much that she deferred her retirement until the age of 67. Rosemary McRobert, the former deputy director of the Consumers Association, said that all her colleagues thought the world of her. She became an indispensable source of knowledge and support, and was totally unflappable. When asked to find out the weight of an elephant, she replied: African or Indian? Daphne is credited with the idea of putting use by dates on food and she was awarded an MBE in recognition of her contribution to consumer affairs. She was a great supporter of the arts, being a member of the National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies and a friend of the RoyalAcademy. She loved classical music and adored the ballet. Until developing osteoarthritis in her later years, she enjoyed travelling, particularly to Egypt, annotating all her photographs with her usual attention to detail. In 1997, Daphne moved to a retirement village in Mytchett, Surrey, with her two cats, Rufus and Henry, who had adopted her in London. In recent years, Daphnes eyesight started to fail and her arthritis worsened. She became housebound and, in her final few weeks, was well looked after in a nursing home. Her funeral was held at Guildford Crematorium in June. Contributed by Gill Grainge, Daphnes second cousin. Published Tuesday 29 September, 2015 To share this page, click on in the toolbar