A CANDLE vigil is being organised by friends and family this weekend for a proper 'Penryn legend' who has died of cancer.

Tracey Symons, who lived in Saracen's Way, Penryn, and was described by friends and family as 'one of, if not the, the most popular character of Penryn', died on Sunday aged just 52. She was first diagnosed with cancer last year.

She leaves behind her husband Richard and children Jade, Adam and Chelsea as well as her grandchildren.

On Sunday, May 2, a candle vigil will take place at 6pm when friends and family can each light a candle in their own homes. At 6.30pm, there will be a virtual two minute silence to remember Tracey’s life and during this time a live stream will be playing her favourite music.

A family funeral will take place at St Gluvias Church, Penryn on Thursday, May 6 at 12.30pm followed by her burial at Glebe Cemetery. Church attendance is by invitation only, in line with current restrictions.

She will be leaving Saracen Way at 12.10pm and all those wishing to pay their respects can line the route in a socially distanced way.

Tracey is described as someone who was full of life who would brighten up anyone's day with her 'contagious laugh and beautiful smile.'

A vigil will be held for Tracey this weekend

A vigil will be held for Tracey this weekend

She had worked as a teaching assistant at Penryn College helping children needing extra support. She had been brought up and around Penryn all her life making her a true 'Ryner'.

Recently she had undergone her own tragedy losing three close friends and her nephew as well as the family dog.

The organisers of the vigil are asking everyone who had met Tracey to join them in brightening the world like Tracey did with their lives. People are invited to upload their memories, words and vigil photos to this page Shine Bright For Tracey

Tracey loved working at the Penryn College where she was given the chance to shine and do what she enjoyed, which was to care for others.

Jackie Dukes, a teacher at the college wrote: “I have only just seen this very sad news! I knew Tracey Symons when we worked together at Penryn College and what an inspiration to the children who went there. She was kind, loving and caring to name just a few of her many attributes. You will be sadly missed by so many of us... RIP lovely lady.”

Tracey was often called mother or aunty by the younger generation in Penryn, and was described as a bright, cheerful and loving lady who ensured she gave everyone that she had met the love that they deserved.

She spent her final months making memories for her children Jade, Adam and Chelsea, her husband Richard and her grandchildren who she idolised.

When she was first diagnosed with cancer last year she decided to give more to the community, so she decided to organise getting as many Christmas jumpers as she could to ensue the children who live in poverty had one for Christmas.

Tracey loved music and always wanted her own CD Album, to which her friends managed to arrange for her. Now That's What I call Tracey Symons were sold for £8 each with proceeds going to Traceys Symons' bucket list fund. All CDs sold now will go to Tracey's family.

Tracey's friend Martin Van-Evelingen said: "None of us will ever be able to put into words how much Tracey meant to each and every one of us. Her contagious laugh was enough to put a smile on any one of our faces, The love she gave was nothing less than magical.

"She adored her family, Jade, Adam, Chelsea, her Husband Richard and her gorgeous grandchildren. Tracey has left the legacy of love in Penryn and Falmouth. May she rest in paradise and continue to shine over us all."