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Farewell to the Queen of Albert Road

Admired by many as the Queen of Albert Road, Sue Parmiter, always cut a stylish dash with her signature red lipstick framing a dazzling smile.

Full of vibrancy, love and laughter, she brought style and an eye for detail to everything she did.

Business owners in Albert Road marked her passing by displaying red ribbons in their windows – a show of respect for such a vivacious and captivating woman.

A former model, Sue also worked as a PA but she was best known for Parmiter Antiques, the business she and her former husband Ian ran.

Her son Tennyson spoke to Southsea Lifestyle about his mum, recalling her warmth and fun approach to life.

Never afraid to get her hands dirty, she would roll up her sleeves to carry treasured household items onto a waiting truck, dismissing calls from fellow traders to let someone else take the load.

“She always put others first  and stuck her neck out for everyone. She and dad were always so welcoming to other kids. She baked wonderful cakes and made lovely teas – they were almost surrogate parents,” he said.

Remembering her success as a gig rower in national and international competitions, Tennyson said: “I was so proud of her. She made the time to get into rowing and found her forte.

“She dedicated herself to her hobby and made it such a success.”

In recent years, Sue worked at the Queens Hotel in Southsea bringing her flair and eye for detail to the rooms.

She will always be remembered for making Christmas such a visual spectacle at the hotel.

When her marriage to Ian broke down, Sue moved with her new partner Craig to Somerset. Sadly he was diagnosed with cancer a year ago and she was driving Craig to hospital for treatment, when they were involved in a fatal car crash that claimed both their lives.

“She was living in a beautiful 600-year-old cottage in Porlock and she created herself the most beautiful veg patch – something she had always wanted to do.

“It’s just so sad that there is such a tragic end to her story,” concluded Tennyson.


Written by Kate Thompson

Posted in: Local & Community