Farewell to Jean, with send-off fit for a queen

Family and friends came out in their hundreds to say a sad farewell to former Hallsville Tavern landlady Jean Hubbard.

Jean, who ran the Canning Town pub with husband Ron for 27 years, was given a send-off complete with horse and coaches last Wednesday.

The funeral cortege proceeded from Hallsville Road to East London Cemetery in Grange Road, Plaistow, where it was greeted by a Mardi Gras band.

Jean’s widower Ron said: “It went beautifully.

“There were so many people. I have never seen so many flowers. It shows how much Jean was loved.

“The family were so proud. It was a gorgeous send-off.”

Jean and Ron had been married for 53 years after becoming teenage sweethearts.

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They met at a cinema in Commercial Street in Stepney in 1952.

Together they spent almost 40 years as publicans in Newham.

They ran Streeties in Shirley Street, Canning Town, for 12 years before moving to take over the Hallsville Tavern in Hallsville Road.

“Jean was my right arm,” said Ron.

The couple’s four children and eight grandchildren were among the many mourners.

Ron would like to say a special thank you to Balfour Beatty and its project manager Paul Baldwin who paused council works in Hallsville Road so that the funeral cortege could take place.and to funeral directors T. Cribb & Sons.