Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

More heartache for Gloria Hunniford as sister dies in nursing home

Gloria Hunniford

TV star Gloria Hunniford was hit by more heartache last night following the death of her older sister.

Lena Cinnamond, who was 77, died in a private nursing home in Portadown. It is understood she had been ill for some time.

Her death is the latest tragedy to befall the family.

In 2004 Gloria was devastated by the death of her daughter, Caron Keating, who had battled with breast cancer for seven years.

Caron, who followed in her mother’s footsteps and became a television presenter, was only 41 when she passed away.

Gloria, who had always enjoyed a very close relationship with her daughter, was left heartbroken by her death and revealed that at the time she thought she would never smile again.

The funeral of her sister Lena is expected to take place at St Mark’s church in Portadown on Saturday.

Canon Jim Campbell, who will be officiating at the service, said: “Lena had been ill for some time and was in a nursing home, where she received devoted care and love from her husband Rupert.

“She was a really lovely lady, very well-known around the town of Portadown and very well-liked.

“Everyone who knew her found her to be very kind and hospitable and she will be missed.”

In an interview last year with online magazine All About You, Gloria spoke about her “idyllic” childhood, growing up in Portadown with her sister, who was seven years older, and her younger brother Charles.

She recalled how her sister, being the eldest, would spend summers on their grandmother’s farm nearby and how they would often cycle to the house.

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