Miss Madeleine Margaret Heal



Madeleine passed away on 6th March 2020 aged 59 years, following a long and courageous battle with cancer. 

She was an immensely kind, loving and thoughtful person, who will be so greatly missed by all who knew her, especially her partner Nigel, mum Vi and sister Cath.

Donations in Madeleine's memory may be made to either Maggie's Cambridge, or St Clare Hospice,  in recognition of the excellent help and support she and her family received whilst in their care.

After much consideration, it has been decided to postpone Madeleine's Celebration of Life until later in the year.  

Thank you for your understanding.

Charity details

St Clare West Essex Hospice Care Trust

St Clare Hospice is a local charity and each year they care for hundreds of people across West Essex and the East Hertfordshire border. The Hospice provides free, compassionate care and support to adults with life-limiting illnesses, their families and carers.


Registered Number 1063631


Maggie's Cambridge (Maggie Keswick Jencks Cancer Caring Centres Trust)

Maggie’s offers free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their families and friends

Registered Number SC024414


Messages of condolence

Madeleine was a beautiful person, inside and out. We enjoyed her company immensely and it was obvious to us all that she and Nigel were made for each other. Sending all our love to Nigel, to his family and to Madeleine's family - Nigel, I know that you know where we are. Love from Caroline, Nigel, Matt and Sarah Gunn xxxx

Mrs Caroline Gunn

Madeleine, where did those 40 years of friendship go? They flew by so quickly - so many memories of times spent with you to treasure; so many outfits, so many hairstyles, so many laughs & a few tears along the way. From Terries mum's house to Brahms, to the King William, to my days living in Saffron Walden, to nights out eating, drinking & being merry, to the delights of muddy & wonderful Vietnam, to glorious France last summer - you will be so missed my friend, your smile and laughter that brightened a room. Sleep peacefully Mad & be sure we will all still think of you and smile x x

Miss Jill Taylor

Sadly missed at the tennis club where Madeleine's contribution over several years was considerable.

Mr Frank Palmer

With our heartfelt condolences to Nigel and Madeleine's family, Madeleine was a very brave and inspirational lady. xxx

Mrs Sally Payne

Such a lovely thought to do donations instead of flowers. The hospice were amazing and I know Maggie's helped too. A beautiful sunny day for a nice service. Mad will be missed by everyone x

Miss Katie Appleby

Madeleine thank you for everything you brought into our lives, the laughter, the fun and the love. I'm forever grateful that you are part of our family and for everything you were and still are to Dad. You really are so special and I miss you so much. Remember, there's always a reason to smile Dad and you up there Mad! :) lots of love and hugs always, Rebecca xxxx

Miss Rebecca Appleby

Madeleine, thank you so much for everything that you did for Dad, Rebecca, Katie and I. You brought so much joy to Dad’s life and we’re all very lucky to have known you. You were a wonderful, caring person and we will all miss you lots. Xx

Mr Ben Appleby

Madeleine was one of the kindest, most caring people I knew, and always went out of her way to help friends and colleagues. I have many cherished memories of “M” in the office and will always remember her smile, laughter and willingness to help others, as well as trying to mother me and keep me in order. Rest in peace Madeleine, I will never forget you. Andrew

Mr Andrew McKay

Such a wonderful lady... kind, generous, good fun, supportive and with such an infectious laugh. RIP Madeleine, we will all miss you dearly. Kay x x

Miss Kay Phillips

Madeleine will always be in our hearts and will be dearly missed by all those who loved her. Michael and Terrie xx

Mrs Terrie Street

Nigel our sincere condolences on Madeleine's passing, our thoughts are especially with you and Madeleine's family at this most difficult time. Mark and Silvia

Mr Mark Robinson

A beautiful soul is never forgotten. Rest in peace xxx Jo Dellow

Mrs Jo Dellow

Such a lovely lady who will be deeply missed. Rest in peace Madeleine x x

Mr & Mrs Craig Knott

Madeleine - my beautiful partner, who I miss so much and will always love. Nigel Xxxx

Mr Nigel Appleby