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Beryl Parker BERYL Edna Parker (88) lived in Durham Close, Shepway from October 1950. Born Beryl


Dixon in Trunch, Nor- folk, she met her future husband Sid- ney at her family’s vil- lage pub, while he was battle training nearby. They married in March 1945, when he returned from Germany, while serving with The Phan- toms (a secret intelligence regi- ment). Beryl served in the Women’s


Land Army during the war and moved to Maidstone with Sid- ney, who returned to his job as a carpenter with Clarke and Epps Builders. Beryl was mother to Roger


and Derek and worked for many years as cleaner at Shep- way Infant School, making many friends in the area. She and Sid enjoyed family holi- days in Norfolk, staying at their caravan at New Romney and several trips to Austria. Widowed in 1996, Beryl re- mained close to friends and family and even flew to the south of France with her sister when in their mid 80s. In April 2012, Mayor Cllr Brian Mor- timer dropped in for tea to chat with Beryl, recognising her sta- tus as one of Shepway’s longest residents. Son Derek said: “My mother


was a lovely, caring and wel- coming lady with a ready smile, whomade friends easily, enjoyed her tea and chats and never lost her Norfolk accent.” Beryl leaves her sons, daugh- ters-in-law, three grandchildren and great-grandchildWilliam.


Edward Sales EDWARD “Ted” Sales (79), of Barming, lived locally for well over 50 years, originally in Yalding and – after marrying June in 1962 – the rest of the time in Barming. Originally from a large family


in Hampshire, he had worked as an apprentice carpenter and bicycle delivery boy. After na- tional service he moved to Maidstone where he spent many years working at a gro- cery shop inWeek Street. In the last few years of his working life he drove a truck doing de- liveries from KCC’s depot at West Malling. His neighbour Duncan said:


“Ted and Junewere like an aunt and uncle to me, they were fan- tastic neighbours. Ted enjoyed his garden and watching foot- ball on the television. “June has been overwhelmed


with all the good wishes she has had and is thankful to everyone. Ted was liked by many people.” Ted leaves his wife and brother Arthur.


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John Tolputt JOHN Henry Tolputt (83) who has died at the Pilgrims Way Nursing Home in Maidstone and formerly lived in Cow- drey Close, Fant, served the local com- munity as a borough councillor andmember of KCC. As a Labourmember of Maid-


stone Council, John served on committees for planning and transportation as well as the public appeals committee, the disabled advisory group and joint works committee. John was involved with the borough council from 1996 to 2000 and KCC from 2001 to 2005. His career until he took elected office involved working for KCC, for whom he pro- gressed through the ranks to be- come head of requisitions for the education department, based at Springfield Mill. Fellow Labour councillor Patrick Coates said: “John was a stickler for accuracy and worked exceptionally hard. He took the trouble to write per- sonally to people who con- tacted him. He was a very old school councillor who enjoyed meeting people and talking to them directly about issues. “He had the ability to get on


well with people from all polit- ical parties and was very much aMaidstone person.” John wasmarried to Christine


for almost 47 years and was fa- ther to Mark.Mark Tolputt said: “My father was hard-working and conscientious. He was kind and generous to others and be- lieved strongly in the princi- ples of the Labour party. “We have been overwhelmed


by contacts from people whose lives he improved through his work. He was a loyal father and husband. He loved the Kent coast and had been a competi- tive oarsman in his younger days.” John, who was widowed in 2001, leaves his son.


Kathleen Skene KATHLEEN Skene (81), from Barming, was well known lo- cally due to her34years of service as a qualified li- brarian, work- ing mainly in the children’s section of Maidstone’s main library in St Faith’s Street. Kathleen was also a member


of the local soroptimists for a number of years. Born Kathleen Grace Flicker in Fulham, London, she served


in theWomen’s RoyalAuxiliary Air Force where she met her husband of over 50 years, Jim. The couple moved locally, Jim worked as a bus driver, pro- gressing to a senior role as in- spector, based in Gravesend. The couple raised sons Michael and Paul. Daughter-in- law Kim said: “My mother-in- law was the most wonderful person: gentle, kind and not in- clined to say a bad word about anyone. She enjoyed a robust discussion on politics and cur- rent affairs. “She absolutely loved books


and shared her passion for them in her work with the li- brary. She could get lost in her gardening as easily as in a book.” Son Michael added: “My mother was a really wel- coming person. Shewas a quiet but devout Christian who ex- emplified the values of love, compassion, forgiveness and charity and had the strength to carry them at all times. “She was a builder of hearts


who always tried to make things better. She never bore grudges or wished harm on anyone.” Laima, Michael’s part- ner, said: “I am honoured to have known Michael’s parents. Kathleen was one of the kindest people I have ever met” Kathleen – who waswidowed


in January – leaves her sons and grandchildren Douglas, Alex, Amber, Aaron and Jake.


Peter Vowles PETER Vowles (86) lived in the Penenden Heath area from 1970, moving locally when his career in the paper industry took him to SwanMill in Swan- ley.


Peter spent


most of his working life in the indus- try, progress- ing to be chief purchasing manager and company di- rector at Swan Mills, becoming well known in the industry around the county and travelling abroad. Born and raised in Milton


Regis, near Sittingbourne and educated at Borden Grammar School in that area, Peter watched Battle of Britain dog- fights as a boy and was some- times among the first on the scene when planes crashed. Peter’s working life began


with time in the RoyalMarines; he worked for Kent Education Committee andwent to work in the paper industry after this. Peter married his wife of 41


years, Gwen, in 1950. The cou- ple raised Lorely, David and Mandy. David Vowles said: “My father led a full life, he played hockey into his late 40s for a works’ team. My mother


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died in 1991 and my father re- mained independent and was very proud of his growing fam- ily.


“His knowledge of all kinds


of things was impressive and he was sharp and able to an- swer all kinds of quiz questions to the end of his life. After being widowed, he met Audrey and enjoyed cruises and a lot of good times together.” Peter leaves his children, Audrey, eight grandchildren (another grandchild pre-deceased him), and two great-grandchildren.


Marjorie Wood DETLING’s MarjorieWood (81) was well known locally after a journalistic career and growing up in aMaidstone pub. Born Marjorie Cook, her par-


ents ran The Papermakers Arms in Lower Stone Street. The family later moved to take over a hardware store at Penen- den Heath. Marjorie joined the KentMes- senger Group in an administra- tive role and met journalist Alan Wood. The couple mar- ried in 1952 and had daughters Lesley and Jayne. Marjorie went on to edit the South East- ern Gazette and served as a par- liamentary reporter for The Times. After moving to Detling in


1976, Marjorie ran the Cat’s Whiskers Cattery. She was heavily involved in Detling life: she was a member of the Detling Gardening Club and had her own garden next to the Pilgrim’s Way, which was fre- quently admired by walkers. In addition to helping in the organisation of village events Marjorie was involved in the campaign which resulted in the building of Jade’s Crossing. A number of tributes from family and former colleagues have praised her qualities of caring for and helping others. Marjorie –who waswidowed


in 2002 – leaves her daughters and five grandchildren.


Wally Stiff WALTER “Wally” Stiff (96) lived in ParkWood for 35 years and before that in Waterlow Road. Most of his post-war working life took place as a product manager in the Danish Bacon warehouse in Park Wood. He was married for 44 years to Doris and leaves a daughter, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


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