Midhurst prepares to remember Josie

Josie, sitting on the extreme right, with nursing colleagues pictured in the mid 1980s
Josie, sitting on the extreme right, with nursing colleagues pictured in the mid 1980s

MIDHURST is preparing to remember Josie Incisivo tonight (Wednesday, July 16) at a community gathering, a week after she was killed in a horrific accident in the centre of the town.

The Rev Dave Willis, vicar of Midhurst, will lead the community tribute in the parish church together with Roman Catholic priest Father Peter Newsam and Methodist minister The Rev Jeanette Richardson.

The Bishop of Horsham, the Rt Rev Mark Sowerby will join the people of Midhurst and bless the town.

Josie was 79 when she died last Wednesday after being hit by a lorry in front of scores of shoppers, as she crossed North Street.

The town has been shocked and stunned in the wake of the incident. Mr Willis said the community service was being organised to let people grieve, to pay the town’s respects to Josie and to show support for all those who had been affected by the tragedy.

Most of Josie’s family live in America and Italy and cannot attend but, said Mr Willis: “This gathering is also the town’s way of showing its support for her family who cannot be with us.”

Josie’s godsons Silvio and Paul Bukbardis, who were brought up in Midhurst, will be at the gathering.

An Italian nurse, who made Midhurst her home more than 50 years ago, Giuseppina or Josie as she was known to her family and friends, came from Margiliano in Southern Itlay.

Silvio said after a refresher course in the UK she started work at the King Edward VII hospital mainly on night duty and became a staff nurse. She retired in 1991.

“Josie never married and she treated myself, brother and sister Lena -she was godmother to us all - very much as her extended family. She was very generous and loving and would often help out with looking after us when we were very young. She lived, for the most part, in the nurses accommodation at King Edward VII, but moved to Midhurst proper with her friend, and our Aunt Michelena when she retired.”

The gathering starts at 6pm in the parish church tonight (Wednesday, July 16)