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ROY Hood (83), of Church Street, Loose, was a stalwart member of the community, known for his strong involvement in a range of activities and the initiative and commitment he brought to all of hiswork. Born and raised in the village, Roywas a member of Loose Parish Council from 1972 until his death, andwaswell known for his drive in organising everything from the village’s annual duck race to its successful


fight to retain its character and resist inappropriate development. Praise for hiswork has been fulsome and widespread, with comments suggesting that the rural character of the Loose valley owes much to Roy and that local lifewould be emptier without him. Atribute on the Loose Parish Council website said: “Roywas truly dedicated to the village in which he lived, and for which heworked tirelessly. He served on the parish council for over 40 years and will be greatly missed.” Roy spent hisworking life in forestry and was married to Rita for more than 50 years. He leaves his wife, children John, Gillian, Diane and Sally and grandchildren.


Carol Crisp


CAROLCrisp (64), who lived near the Tonbridge Road for 30 years,waswell known locally as a therapist and counsellor,working locally in a range of caring capacities.


Born Carol Paling in Warwickshire, she worked in Canada before moving to the local area towork for KCC’s social services department. She also worked for the Relate counselling service. Carol took on more training in the area of


counselling and therapy andworked as a self-employed therapist. She also provided supervision for others in her field and hadworked for many years as a foster carer for teenage girls. Over the years her clients included the likes of KCC and the prison service. Carolwas married to Peter, an electrical engineer, andwas mother to Stephen, Ruth andAmy. Peter said: “Carolwaswell respected by those who knew her and


would do anything to help others. Caring and helping was a mission to her, but she always kept the capacity to enjoy simple things in life, like shopping and holidays. Shewas always a very positive person.” Carol leaves her husband, children and grandchildren Hannah and Luke.


Peter Hedgeland


PETER Hedgeland (89) of Tonbridge Road, Maidstonewas a commercial photographer in Maidstone for most of hisworking life. He served on the photography national council andwas Kent regional president. An old boy of Maidstone Grammar School, he joined The Buffs in 1941. Hewas commissioned and served with the 8th Army in Egypt, Italy and Austria andwas twice injured. Aer his demob as a captain he joined the


family photography business. He became very active in Maidstone life, first as a member of Round Table for 12 years and then joining the Rotary Club of Maidstone 56 years ago. Hewas club secretary, president in 1973/4 and represented the club at 23 district conferences and seven national conferences. Hewas honoured by Rotary with a Paul Harris award in 1997 andwas a director of Maidstone Utd FC in the difficult years that led to the loss of the London Road ground. Awidower since the death of Margaret, he is survived by his daughter.


Margaret Keane


MARGARET Keane (73) lived in Tovil for 40 years. Born MargaretWard in Dublin, she met and married Arthur Keane and spent years moving around the world as he pursued an Army career. Margaret lived in locations that included Manchester, Malta, United States and Canada. When Arthur le the Army the family seled in Maidstone, where Arthurworked locally, including a spell at Reed’s paper mill in Tovil. Margaret did cleaning and receptionwork, but her main responsibility was to her family. Margaretwas mother to Andrew, Arthur, Patrick, Anthony, Margaret and Steven. Anthony said: “My motherwas a strong matriarchal figure, very much the head of the family. She cared for us all and made surewewere alwayswell looked aer. “Shewas a really good mother. Shewas also involved with St Francis’ Catholic


Church inWeek Street and got much more closely involved in her later years. Shewas one of 11 children.” Margaret, whowas widowed in 2000, leaves four of her children – sons Arthur and Steven pre-deceased her. She also leaves 12 grandchildren and two great- grandchildren.


Barbara Angel


BARBARAAngel (76) lived most of her life in Barming. Born locally as Barbara Savage, she began work at Hobbs printing firm and met her husband of 54 years, Tony, at her workplace. The couple raised daughters Carole and Dawn andwent to live in Johannesburg, South Africa for eight years. When they returned to Barming and the childrenwere older, Barbara returned towork, geing a hospital cleaning job andworking with the residents of Harbledown House, Fant. Tony said: “Barbara loved her family and her kniing. Shewas a great mother and a very caring and loving person. Sadly, in her later years she suffered a debilitating condition that le her immobile.” Barbara leaves her husband, children and grandchildren Johnny, Sean, Zarah and Ryan.


Bert Kitchenham


BERTRAM “Bert” Kitchenham (76) lived in Senacre for 11 years, having previously lived for over 30 years in Hampshire Drive, Shepway. Born in the Laurels area of Tonbridge Road, Bert grew up locally and only le the area for national service for the Royal Engineers, with whom he served in Germany, Malta and Suez. Bertworked locally for Reed’s paper mill andwent on to a


career driving lorries for haulage firms including Vidlers and Colin Ashby. His finalwork involved delivering medicines for Lloyd’s Pharmacy of Grove Green. Bertwas married to Jean for 53 years and father to Steven, Barbie, Andrew “Butch” and Kevin. Jean Kitchenham said: “Bert was always joking and his illness didn’t stop him. He loved snooker, played regularly at Rileys on Stone Street and played darts with our son Steven. “He had travelled towatch the Snooker World Championship at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.” Bert leaves his wife, children, nine grandchildren and two great- grandchildren.


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