Pictured: 'Well-respected' grandmother-of-six, 84, killed in Grenfell Tower blaze

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This is the face of a “well-respected” 84-year-old woman killed in the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Sheila Smith lived on the 16th floor of the west London tower block which was ravaged by fire on June 14.

The mother-of-two and grandmother-of-six was identified by her dental records, an inquest opened at Westminster Coroner’s Court on July 5 heard.

In an emotional statement, released by the Metropolitan Police, her family paid tribute to the keen cyclist and swimmer.

It read: “A very active and well-respected member of the local community, Sheila was cycling around London, performing yoga daily and swimming regularly in the Kensington Leisure Centre until she was 80 years old.

“With her exploration of the alternative, in her lifetime she amassed a wealth of knowledge, wrote poetry and philosophical and political thoughts, and created some highly original artwork – nearly all of which now sadly lost in the fire at Grenfell Tower. 

“Sheila leaves two sons, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. As a family we are heartbroken as to this senseless tragedy that took her far too early, and will do all we can to honour her name.”

At least 89 people were killed in the blaze as it ravaged the 24-storey building.


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