I am very sad to have to announce that Sensei’s wife Maureen passed away due to a long illness on the 24th July 2017.
Maureen Dewey (nee O’Donnell) (Mornie to her friends) was born on the 1st June 1947. She was the first of the Dewey family to don a ‘Gi’ and introduced Mick to karate in 1967, their life was to be dominated by it. Maureen was a regular at Portsmouth KC for many years. She taught the children’s class until she had children of her own and that meant a change of course for her ultimately. She often attended KUGB seminars at Crystal Palace with Mick when part of the KUGB; training with many of the world renowned Japanese Instructors from that era. She was from day one the organiser for the Shotokan of England Karate Union when it was formed in 1982. Once she stopped training herself she didn’t sit back, she was at every SEKU competition doing the registration and daily admin from paper clips to teas, sandwiches and running her own martial arts outlet Makoto. As the Administration Officer she had a hand in organising the competitions as well, checking all the entries and with that brain of hers knowing instantly if there was a problem with an entry. That means 46 years of the Portsmouth Open and 37 years of the SEKU Championships! She was the SEKU Licensing Officer to the end and could tell you to the day when your license expired and give you a reminder if you didn’t renew on time.
Privately she rarely spoke about her time in a gi. Those that trained with her say she was an excellent karateka and it was just timing that stopped her taking her Dan grade. In those days it happened on seminar at Crystal Palace after a course of several days, impossible for a mother of two. Her home and her hospitality was legend amongst us all
and some of the best karateka around have sat at her table to eat, drink and wake up with a hangover the next day. Many a SEKU squad had a party at her house before leaving for competitions and all speak fondly and highly of her and her eternal support for them. She was always available for anyone whether it was a shoulder for a problem, a question about SEKU/Karate or running the diary for Mick.
Her infectious laugh made everyone smile and her enthusiasm for life and its experiences saw her regularly travel abroad for pleasure to places like Vietnam, Hong Kong and China amongst many others.
The last few years Maureen had suffered ill health but rarely complained getting around as best she could. Her last public outing was at the SEKU championships in March as usual doing registrations.
May She Rest In Peace