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Colin Ashby HAULIER Colin Ashby (71), who had lived in Cranbrook Road, Staplehurst, since 1974, built a thriving business after starting operations with a bank loan, three trucks and a base at Butlers Farm, Langley. He gradually built a customer

base and an enviable reputa- tion, relocating the business to Boughton Monchelsea. He sold to Michael Daniel, who ran the business for a time under the banner of Daniel Ashby, con- tinuing to work with Colin’s customers. Colin moved on from trans-

port to take a business interest in commercial property.He was still working and making deals a fortnight before his death. Colin had been a noted

sportsman in his youth and was a holder of the 440-yard record at Sutton Valence School. Friends and family have paid

warm tributes to Colin, a man they recalled as combining the talent to be entrepreneurial while maintaining warm and lasting friendships. In a testa- ment to his ability to make a positive impression on others, about 400 people attended his memorial service. Colin’s friend and fellow Maidstone haulier Colin Wild said: “He was very honourable and did everything to the best of his abilities. We worked to- gether on hauling loads to and from the West Country and I could always trust Colin to do the work well and pay bills on time.”

Eddie Carter EDDIE Carter (71) who lived for 45 years in Coxheath, was known locally from many years of lorry driving and working in transport management. His work allowed him to

travel throughout the region and work with people from all over the area. His employers in- cluded TNT and Seymour Transport, for whom he worked as a manager. Originally from Orpington,

Eddie moved locally with his work and raised children Jimmy, Ivan, Charlene and Gina with his wife Julie. She said: “Eddie was a good

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father and good husband. He loved to spend time with his family and always looked for- ward to the kids coming home, and to time looking after his grandchildren.” Eddie leaves his widow, chil- dren and four grandchildren.

John Burrard JOHNBurrard (89) ran the Run- ning Horse pub in Sandling for almost a quarter of a century, from 1962. Under his stewardship, the pub achieved a national repu- tation for food, and be- came re- garded by the Courage brewery as one of its flagship establishments. The reputation was built on

John’s own passion for cooking and his recipes. He also pushed authenticity as part of his serv- ice, sourcing French bread di- rectly from France, for example.

Bournemouth-born, John

started working as a waiter on buffet trains between his home town and London. He went on to work as a manager for the re- tail chain Currys before becom- ing a publican. His family settled inWilling-

ton Street and the decision to leave the pub, and move to Broadstairs, came after an armed robbery at their home in 1986. He died in the same house he bought then. His former homes included Staplehurst, Sissinghurst and Penenden Heath. His daughter Anita Crayford

said: “He was a very passionate man, a perfectionist with clear ideas of what he wanted. He was always loving and giving, and enjoyed all the time he spent with his family.” John leaves his wife of 29

years Hilary, her two sons, and his children from his first mar- riage toAudrey, daughter Anita and son Lynn.

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DerekWright BUSINESSMAN Derek Wright (74) jointly owned theWright’s Warehouse in Waterloo Street, Maidstone with his brother, Alan. Born in 1936, Derek was the

son of Sydney Wright, who founded the family business in 1926. After an electrical apprentice-

ship and National Service, he joined the business. He and Alan took over on the death of their father in 1961. Under their joint-stewardship

the business diversified, build- ing a strong retail side with out- lets in Maidstone, Strood and Canterbury. The original business – elec-

trical contracting – ceased 20 years ago. The Maidstone retail outlet moved fromEarl Street to Waterloo Street after a compul- sory purchase order was en- forced to make way for Fremlin Walk. His many other local involve-

ments included playing for Mote Cricket Club and Maid- stone Rugby Club. Married to Janette, Derek was

father to Zena, Jonathan and Je- remy. Tributes to Derek, of The Landway, Bearsted, praised his devotion to his family and his pride in their achievements.

Charlie Bogg A TRIBUTE to Charlie Bogg (53) was read out by Maidstone mayor Eric Hotson at the Full Council meeting in February. He died of a heart attack the previous month. He joined

the council in May 2004 and worked on the IT helpdesk, and then as in- fo rmati on management officer in IT Services, where he was an in- fluential member of the team. He went to Maidstone Gram-

mar School before starting work as an apprentice car mechanic at Dutton Forshaw. Motorbikes were always his passion and he spent a few years in that line of work. In 1995, he decided he wanted to get into computers, though he knew nothing about them. So he read a book on data-

bases and was taken on as a support engineer at Microsoft, where he eventually became a team leader. There, he met Chris Woodward, who now works at Maidstone Council, and who later persuaded Char- lie to apply for a job. A colleague said: “Charlie

had an amazing capacity for learning. It was not just his abil- ity to take in technical detail,

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but his willingness to learn.” In his spare time, Charlie ren- ovated boats, restored bikes, did parachute jumps and en- joyed a drink at his local, The Bell, in Bearsted. He also took part in online gaming, most recently atWorld of Warcraft using his online name, Skitz. His colleague added: “We

will all remember him for his larger-than-life character, his capacity for friendship, but most of all his innate cheerful- ness and great sense of hu- mour.”

Charlie leaves his mum

Dorothy, his grown-up children Sam and Sara Jane, and his many friends.

Dr Gordon Barr DR GORDONBarr (81) prac- tised in Maidstone as a GP, and occasionally as an anaesthetist, for more than 30 years. Born in Oban, Argyll, and educated at Glasgow University, his med- ical studies were broken by two years of National Service in the Royal Army Medical Corps, ex- perience that came in useful in his future career. During his

time as a stu- dent he met and married Nancy, a young teacher. The couple relocated to T rinidad, where Gordon practised and children Fiona and John were born. They settled in Maidstone in

the mid-Sixties. Gordon prac- tised in Terrace Road and then in College Avenue. The family lived in Salts Avenue, Loose, and Chattenden Court, Penen- den Heath. His widow said: “For some

years Gordon was a member of Maidstone Pipe Band, having decided in his 50s to learn the bagpipes. On retirement, he took a job as brigade medical advisor for Kent Fire Service. Gordon ended up in post for five years. “Even with Alzheimer’s he

was a gentle man and was able to be looked after at home until the last night of his life.” Ten years ago the couple re-

tired to Hampshire. Gordon leaves his widow, children and granddaughters Sophie, Polly and Madeleine.

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