A peckish funeral-crasher who turns up at strangers’ wakes to graze the buffet before taking what she can in a tupperware container has been named.
Theresa Doyle’s habit of going to several funerals a day in Slough hit the headlines this week when outraged mourners complained about her pilfering ‘dead man’s sandwiches’.
Neighbours have revealed the pensioner, who is believed to originally be from Ireland, aged 65 and lives alone in a council flat, even takes a change of clothes with her to change into when she gets to funerals.
One neighbour said: ‘She leaves the house in her bright, daily clothes but tucked into the basket on her bike is a black funeral outfit which she changes into at the church venue.
‘When she arrives at the funeral she changes into the sombre clothes, goes to the wake and then helps herself to the food, bringing it back and putting it in her freezer.
‘Theresa has been doing this for about 14 years now but the bizarre thing is she gatecrashes strangers’ funerals and is completely brash about it.’
When challenged about her behaviour grey-haired Mrs Doyle said: ‘That’s my business. I have to go now, I’ve somewhere to be.’
She has been accused of inventing stories how she met the deceased.
Margaret Whitehead caught her out at the funeral of her daughter Catherine, who died aged 42 from Addison’s disease.
Mrs Whitehead said: ‘She got my son Kevin to give her a lift from the church to the Irish Centre for the wake. There were a lot of people at the funeral from Catherine’s work so I just assumed she was a colleague. When I spoke to her though she told me she used to work with Catherine as a waitress.
She added: ‘She was eating from the buffet like there was no tomorrow, at the end of the wake she took out a Tupperware box, filled it up with food and cycled off with it in the basket on her bicycle.’
She added: ‘There’s Mass every morning, she doesn’t need to go to funerals, she’s only going when there’s a cheap lunch. She intrudes on people when they are upset and sad.’
However, Father Noel Connolly, of the Holy Redeemer Church, which is Mrs Doyle’s favourite funeral-crashing venue, is more forgiving than many in the community.
He said: ‘Every funeral we have she comes and if there is a reception afterwards she makes her way to it without invitation.
‘She is a Catholic woman and she is convinced she needs to go to as many Masses as possible. She has been coming and going since I have been here for the past 14 years. I can’t exactly say ‘you can’t come here’.’
Immediate neighbours of Mrs Doyle, of Myrtle Crescent, said her funeral raids were the only food she would eat in a day, as she did not have a fridge or cooker in her small flat.
When challenged about her behaviour she told neighbours: ‘I have not done anything to you.’
A woman living on the same floor said: ‘She will go to all these wakes, she tags onto somebody she doesn’t know and gets them to take her into the wake – it can be anyone who is going to the wake.
‘When one man died here, she went to the funeral. She went around the corner of the crematorium and put her black dress on. When she realised there was no food afterwards she pulled her black thing off and went back up the road on her bike looking disgusted.’
“You can’t talk to her, because she is that sort of person. We have asked her why she does these things, but she just goes blank and doesn’t say anything.’
Original Article Source: Metro News