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LOLITA LOREN DIES

27/01/2012



It is with the greatest sadness that we must report the passing of CHRIS CASSIDY who wrestled as LOLITA LOREN , following a heroic fight against illness.

As Lolita, she conquered the world of Professional wrestling, many times in the company of her friend and tag partner the great KLONDYKE KATE , who said of her pal ' I knew that Chris was ill but had no idea how serious. She was a great wrestler and a dear friend that I shall miss desperately'.

AL MIQUET spoke of the great times that they shared  while on tour, especially abroad.

We shall print funeral details as they become known. Meanwhile our sincerest thoughts are with her loved ones in this time of profound sadness as always.




LOLITA LOREN FUNERAL DETAILS

06/02/2012




We have received a communique from WENDY MELLOR widow of the late and great HANS STREIGER and former partner of KEITH MARTINELLI to say that the funeral will be as follows:-

 
Just to let The Wrestlers Reunion know that LOLITA LOREN's (Chris) funeral will be held this Wednesday 8th February at Macclesfield Crematorium Cheshire at 2.30pm.
I will be attending.
Hope you are all keeping well
Best wishes,
Wendy Mellor

Many followers will know that Lolita a.k.a. as CHRISSY THOMPSON nee   CASSIDY was one of four supremely talented Daughters born to the immortal wrestling legend that was 'COWBOY' JACK CASSIDY.

Her wrestling skills were enormous for one so small : standing only 5 feet 1 inch and weighing just 10 stone, but she knew no fear and took on many great opponents such as PAULA VALDEZ, MITZI MUELLER, NICKI MUNROE and even her would be tag partner : KLONDYKE KATE.

In latter life, she trained as a chef and ran a hugely successful kitchen in Wilmslow, where she was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer that had spread to her liver and brain,yet still she went on raising money to help others !

We should never forget  her tremendous courage and the will power to go on helping causes, even though she knew that her own time was short.A remarkable and truly wonderful person that was an inspiration to us all.

Everyone who knew her is deeply saddened by her loss and will be made welcome at her funeral, if they choose to attend and pay their respects to a lovely Lady and great wrestling athlete, who was taken too young at just 59 years old.

She will now take her rightful place in the dressing room in the sky alongside her beloved Father and the rest of the Family together with all the other Legends that have passed before her.


A female wrestler turned chef who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer has not stopped fighting yet. Chrissy Thompson, 59, was told she had lung cancer before Christmas. It has spread to her other organs and she doesn’t know how long she has left. But the fighter in her wants to use what time she has to raise as much money for good causes as she can. So she has teamed up with a Wilmslow pub to host a charity fundraiser. In her heyday Chrissy was the diva of the wrestling ring. Under her professional name Lolita Loren, she was a British champ who knew how to flatten her opponents in the ring. She will be using her popularity as Lolita to raise money at the event hosted by the Wilmslow Tavern where she worked for two months before she became ill. Chrissy, who lives in Colshaw Farm, says it will also be a good chance to say goodbye to all her family and friends. She said: “To go down to zero after being active all your life is a big shock. “I had no idea I had cancer. It was diagnosed after I went to hospital with a bad chest infection three months ago. It has now spread to my pelvis, liver and brain. “Before I go I want to see as many of my friends as possible and also raise as much money for charity as I can.” The fundraiser on January 28 will begin at 2pm with family fun day including a bouncy castle and face painting. At 7.30pm there will be a wrestling-themed fancy dress, a hot buffet, a raffle, and pub football club SC Flyer will be doing their bit to raise money by having their backs waxed. Nathan Morris, manager at Wilmslow Tavern, said: “She is a very well-known and popular woman in the town. This might be the last chance for friends to have a good night with her and say their goodbyes.” Thought to be from the biggest wrestling family in Britain, Chrissy started in the sport when she was 13 under the watchful eye of her expert dad Jack Cassidy. Chrissy’s father was a boxer in the army before becoming a wrestler under the show name of Bronko Jack and trained Chrissy and her four sisters. Despite measuring only 5ft 1.5in and weighing 10st, Chrissy was a force to be reckoned with. As Lolita Loren she notched up 48 medals and trophies, along with cups and belts. Then 10 years ago she turned her talents to cooking – a skill she learned from her mum. More recently she has worked as a chef at the Summerfield Pub and moved with landlord Nick Quinn when he took over the Railway and later for the Wilmslow Tavern.

Read more at: http://menmedia.co.uk/wilmslowexpress/news/s/1471989_fight-goes-on-for-chrissy

A female wrestler turned chef who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer has not stopped fighting yet. Chrissy Thompson, 59, was told she had lung cancer before Christmas. It has spread to her other organs and she doesn’t know how long she has left. But the fighter in her wants to use what time she has to raise as much money for good causes as she can. So she has teamed up with a Wilmslow pub to host a charity fundraiser. In her heyday Chrissy was the diva of the wrestling ring. Under her professional name Lolita Loren, she was a British champ who knew how to flatten her opponents in the ring. She will be using her popularity as Lolita to raise money at the event hosted by the Wilmslow Tavern where she worked for two months before she became ill. Chrissy, who lives in Colshaw Farm, says it will also be a good chance to say goodbye to all her family and friends. She said: “To go down to zero after being active all your life is a big shock. “I had no idea I had cancer. It was diagnosed after I went to hospital with a bad chest infection three months ago. It has now spread to my pelvis, liver and brain. “Before I go I want to see as many of my friends as possible and also raise as much money for charity as I can.” The fundraiser on January 28 will begin at 2pm with family fun day including a bouncy castle and face painting. At 7.30pm there will be a wrestling-themed fancy dress, a hot buffet, a raffle, and pub football club SC Flyer will be doing their bit to raise money by having their backs waxed. Nathan Morris, manager at Wilmslow Tavern, said: “She is a very well-known and popular woman in the town. This might be the last chance for friends to have a good night with her and say their goodbyes.” Thought to be from the biggest wrestling family in Britain, Chrissy started in the sport when she was 13 under the watchful eye of her expert dad Jack Cassidy. Chrissy’s father was a boxer in the army before becoming a wrestler under the show name of Bronko Jack and trained Chrissy and her four sisters. Despite measuring only 5ft 1.5in and weighing 10st, Chrissy was a force to be reckoned with. As Lolita Loren she notched up 48 medals and trophies, along with cups and belts. Then 10 years ago she turned her talents to cooking – a skill she learned from her mum. More recently she has worked as a chef at the Summerfield Pub and moved with landlord Nick Quinn when he took over the Railway and later for the Wilmslow Tavern.

Read more at: http://menmedia.co.uk/wilmslowexpress/news/s/1471989_fight-goes-on-for-chrissy


LOLITA LOREN FUNERAL REPORT FROM WENDY MELLOR

08/02/2012

Lolita Lorens funeral took place this afternoon at Macclesfield Crematorium Cheshire.Despite sub zero temperatures hundreds of family and friends attended to pay their last respects. The chapel was filled with her family and the rest of the mourners huddled in the porch and on the steps,with dozens outside in the freezing cold,listening intently to every word of the non-denominational service. A solitary piper preceded the cortege as it approached the chapel.
Wrestlers in attendance included Mitzi Mueller with promoter Brian Dixon, Skull Murphy,Ian Wilson and Jim Moser.
"Crissy" as she was known by her family would have been just 60 years old in May.
Wendy Mellor



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