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Grave location: A GG-9
Died Wednesday 30th March 1960, aged 44
1 Rowsley Avenue, Leicester
From Gillian Freed:
MARK SANDROVE was born in London on 29th March 1916 and died at The Leicester Royal Infirmary one day after his 44th birthday. His family relocated to Leicester from Green Lane Edgware during the Blitz, where his Father set up his tailoring business in Bassett Street, before moving and retiring to Rowsley Avenue.
Following National Service, Mark and his brother Jack Sandrovitch worked together selling ladies fashions from their specially adapted “dress van”in markets and to other market traders in the Leicestershire area. After the death of their Mother, Dora, Mark, his wife Phyllis [nee Sofer] and their baby daughter moved into Rowsley Avenue with his Father Joseph and Sister Hetty [Etta Sandrovitch]. Phyllis continued to work as a hairdresser, opening her own salon in Tudor Road and Hetty stayed at home to look after the Family, including Gillian and, after his arrival, their son Howard.
Mark, sadly contracted Hodgkins Disease in the late 1950s, when this was a virtually unheard of illness. He died aged 44 and one day. Phyllis was then just 36 years old and was advised not to reserve the adjacent plot next to Mark as she was likely to remarry. Taking that well-meant but misguided advice was something she bitterly regretted for the rest of her life, as although she remarried both of her husbands’ pre-deceased her and were buried near their own first wives. Phyllis continued to visit and ensure Mark’s grave was tended every year until her own death in 1999. Both children continue with that tradition and stones from Mark’s graveside are carried to Phyllis’s in Bushey Cemetery in Hertfordshire [ZG 9-12] each year and vice versa so retaining the link of love between them.
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