Tributes are paid to former Dales woman

Julie Connaughton
Julie Connaughton

Tributes have been paid to a former Matlock woman who was found dead at her home.

Julie Connaughton, 57, was discovered in her house on Walton Drive, Chesterfield, last Friday.

Mrs Connaughton lived in Matlock for most of her life and was secretary of the Peaks and Dales Darts and Dominoes league for 14 years, taking over the running of the club following the death of her father, Sam Buckley.

Ann Hargreaves, chair of the league, knew Mrs Connaughton for years.

She said: “People will be reeling from this news for quite a time.

“Julie dedicated a lot of her time to the club over the years and worked hard to ensure it was a success.

“Everyone is in shock.”

Mrs Hargreaves described Mrs Connaughton as a “wonderful” person.

She added: “She was very bubbly.

“She was very, very caring, thoughtful and charitable.

“She will be sadly missed.”

Mrs Connaughton was found alongside her dead husband, David.

Neighbour Peter Revill, of Walton Drive, said: “We very rarely saw them and we didn’t socialise with them but when we saw them we would always say hello to each other.

“They seemed a nice enough couple and in some respects they were perfect neighbours because they were very quiet and you never heard a noise from them.”

Another neighbour said: “It’s very sad.

“It’s the sort of thing you read about happening elsewhere but not on your own doorstep.”

Mrs Connaughton played darts and dominoes at the Peacock Inn, in Chesterfield, where staff said she will be sorely missed by her friends and family.