Family announcements and obituaries: Sonia Ratcliff

WELL-KNOWN Saddleworth artist and journalist Sonia Ratcliff died at Royal Oldham Hospital on Friday, January 25, aged 79.

Sonia Ratcliff

As an artist, Sonia had approximately 50 exhibitions in major cities from Edinburgh to Manchester and also in Australia.

Sonia, who lived in Dobcross, was known locally and nationally through her long-running career in journalism and also as a noted artist.

Born in the Oldham Edge area, she attended Greenhill Grammar School, and on leaving she pursued her interest in language and literature by joining the Oldham Press Bureau.

Married young to reporter Brian Ratcliff, the family moved round the country but eventually settled back in Saddleworth with their four children.

After she and Brian divorced, Sonia set on her pathway of leading the busy life that was to typify her.

She built a mosaic of her life, bringing up her family, working in journalism at the Oldham Evening Chronicle, the Bolton Evening News and Liverpool Echo, secretarial work, completing a degree in art and philosophy at the Open University, and perhaps most importantly and satisfyingly, developing as an artist and some notable people possess her work.

Sonia, whose latter years were marked by frailty caused by a degenerative disease. She was partner to David Makin, a mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

Sonia’s funeral will be at Oldham Crematorium on Friday, February 15 at 3pm. Donations to The Christie or Dobcross Band Club.

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