THE wife of a former Basingstoke and Deane mayor has been “reunited” with her husband a week after he died. 

As previously reported in the Gazette, former Norden ward councillor, George Hood died on November 5, aged 83. 

After the sad news of this death, his family have now had to say goodbye to his wife Divina, who died just a week later on November 13. 

Former nurse Mrs Hood served as mayoress alongside her husband during his year in the commutative role. 

The couple lived in Oakridge, bringing up their sons Christopher and Stephen. 

They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2013 with their family, including six grandchildren.

Leader of the Basingstoke Labour Group, Councillor Paul Harvey said that Mr Hood loved his time as mayor and thought it was an "important role to hold" within the community.

In a statement from the family they said: “‘Reunited’ with her beloved George, Davina was a wonderful wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and sister, who will be greatly missed.”

The flag at the civic offices in London Road will be lowered to half-mast in honour of Mr Hood and Mrs Hood on December 2, which will be the day of their funeral. 

The service will take place at 11am at Basingstoke Crematorium. 

Family flowers only, donations to National Association for Crohn’s and Colitis Disease, as per their wishes, via Alexander and Dry or at the funeral service.

Current mayor of Basingstoke and Deane, Councillor Diane Taylor said: “George and Davina were a devoted couple and a great team who set the standard of partnership in the Mayoralty for us to follow. 

“This is such a sad time for their family and all the many people who knew and loved them.”