One of the last pictures taken of June a few days before she passed away.

She needed the oxygen 24 hours a day.

June was born in Haylands, Nr Ryde, Isle of Wight and brought up there by her parents Frank & Alice Thistleton, until her mother’s death when June was just under two years old. She then moved to Newchurch to live with her grandmother, Elsie Thistleton. When her father remarried she returned to live with him and his new wife Phyllis.

She attended Fairway School, Lake, and then worked for Timothy White’s at Shanklin as a sales assistant, and had several part time summer jobs until she married Barry on the 5th November 1966. June and Barry had met at Keats Nightclub in Shanklin on New Years Eve. Ryde Buccaneers formed a guard of honour as can be seen in the picture. They lived in Carisbrooke for nearly all their married life, first in Alvington Road, latterly in Mountbatten Drive.

June worked for Richways Supermarket in Newport for 11 years, a grocer’s shop in Pyle Street and then Jelly Beans Bodies in Scarrots Lane, where she ran the shop for a friend.

June brought up two sons, Peter who married Candy and Kevin who married Nicky. She doted on two grandsons, Simon and Sam, two granddaughters, Sarah and Emily, and two great grandchildren, David and Elizabeth.

June died aged 63 of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). This is a serious disease where the alveoli (the tiny air sacs of the lungs) and the lung tissue next to the alveoli become damaged and scarred. The main symptom is shortness of breath that gradually gets worse. The exact cause is not known. Treatments include steroids, other drugs, oxygen and sometimes lung transplantation but unfortunately June was never offered this or put on the waiting list.

June was a non smoker, but was subjected to passive smoking as many people were heavy smokers years ago.

On the 7th October 2011 at around 7.30am we arranged for an ambulance to take her to St.Mary’s Hospital, Newport, Isle of Wight, as we thought she needed a stronger type of antibiotic. We were very shocked to be told she had only hours to live.

As if things could get any worse; they did! We were told that St.Mary’s Hospital did not have a bed for June, which meant she had to stay on a trolley in a cupboard to die, with no room for all our family to gather round her. We of course objected and discussed taking her back home or paying for a private room. We were advised we could not take her home or use a private room because nothing could be setup to handle the drugs etc. We objected to the situation as strongly as we could. The nurses came up trumps and found us a proper room so that my family could be with my wife until she died an hour and a half later.

I do not blame the nurses; they were wonderful and did all they could for my wife and family.  It is the pen pushers who need dealing with.

The funeral service for June was held at the Crematorium. Sons Peter & Kevin with grandsons Simon & Sam carried June’s coffin on its last journey. Simon also spoke at the service about his grandmother; a very difficult thing to do at this very sad time.

I cannot express here how much I miss you June, RIP my love and I hope we meet again soon, rather than later, Barry

A UK charity has been setup is called “The Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust” to support those with Pulmonary Fibrosis.

Each year I donate to this instead of sending out Christmas Cards.


Facebook Support Group for those with IPF:



I have setup a support group on Facebook, this is NOT for those with IPF, it is for carers & bereaved carers.

Pulmonary Fibrosis Carers & Bereaved Group.


What is Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)

June was just well enough to enjoy a cruise on the Arcadia on the 12.4.2011, her condition with IPF then got much worse very quickly.

Our wedding

on the

5th November


Family flowers only were requested, with donations if desired to the Crackle Fund, web link below.£500.00 has been raised  and sent off by the  undertakers Geoff Leather of Newport Isle of Wight.

  Many thanks to all that donated.

The Crackle Fund was set up to find out more about Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.

We have a new fund now called The Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust

Details below.


June Cant, nee Thistleton, Born 9th June 1948, Died @13-53 on the 7th October 2011