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LOCAL accountant David Fowler (30), who lived in Ashford, died in a motorway crash. He hadworked since last year for MacKenzie’s Chartered Accountants in Romney Place, Maidstone. Hewas killed when his car flipped over on the M20 as he tried to avoid a car that had hit the central reservation on the London bound carriageway between junctions nine and eight.

Friends and family have praised the

Arsenal season ticket holder whowas also known for his love of music, and aended his first Glastonbury Festival at the age of 16. David’s conscientious nature and hard-

working approach to his profession have also been mentioned in tributes. Mark P. Smith of Mackenzie’s said: “I cannot recall any previous member of staff fiing in so quickly. “I have been contacted by many clients

paying tribute to his professionalism, the recurring theme of which has been that he went the extra mile to help andwas someone they respected and trusted to do a good job. David will be sadly missed by his colleagues but we will remember him with a smile.”

David Large

DAVID Large (70), of Loose, lived in the village for 20 years, but had lived locally before this. Born and raised in East Ham, London, he spent his career with the NatWest Bank, retiring from a position of corporate director, based in Maidstone but covering a wide area. He met Barbara, his

wife of 43 years, when the pair aended the same dance school and was father to Sarah and Zena. Barbara said: “David was a very capable

person who achieved a lot in his life. He had been chairman and treasurer of the RBS Pensioners Association, a trustee of Abbeyfield and had been involved for a number of years with Loose Parish Council. “David loved gardening andwas a member

of the Hardy Plants Society. Lots of people have commented on his dry sense of humour. He loved playing golf andwas amember of Cranbrook Golf Club.” David leaves his wife, daughters and grandchildren James, Lauren, Megan, Lewis and Emma.

Joan Harris

JOAN Harris (90) lived inWillington Street, Maidstone, for 53 years. Her previous local homes including a family flat above a hairdressing salon in Knightrider Street, and Bower Street, where shewas born as Joan Holding. Educated locally, Joan’s various jobs includedwork at Alabaster Passmore and Sons Print works in Tovil, where shewas mother of the chapel, and otherwork in the printing industry. Joan alsoworked at Trebor Sharps and a number of cleaning jobs includingwork for the Halifax Building

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Society in Middle Row, Maidstone. Joan’s first marriage produced son John and daughter Sally Anne, and with her husband of 50 years, engineeringworker Colin Harris, she had son Kevin and daughter Diane. Kevin said: “My motherwas gregarious

and strong, a very spirited person.” Joan enjoyed spending time atWestborough

Working Men’s Club in the days when husband Colinwas on the commiee and had greatly enjoyed dancing at the club. Joan, whowas widowed in 2007, leaves her children, nine grandchildren, 16 great- grandchildren and other family members as far afield as Australia, South Africa and the USA.

Evelyn Simpson

EVELYN Simpson (93) lived at Stone House, Weavering Street, from 1955 to 2009, maintaining a tradition that has seen the house stay in her family since 1850. Born locally as Evelyn Brook, she aended Maidstone Girls Grammar School and trained as a nurse, joining the Queen Alexandria Nursing Service and serving duringWorld War II in North Africa and Belgium. During her duties

she nursed Dennis Jackson “Jack” Simpson of the Royal Engineers, and they

married in 1945. Jack continued to serve in the Army until 1959 and seled with Evelyn at Weavering Street where heworked as managing director of the UK arm of a Swiss company,Wild Heerbrugg, atWalderslade. Evelyn returned toWeavering in 1955 to

live with her father, and brought up sons Christopher and Nicholas. Sheworked as a receptionist at the Yeoman Lane surgery in Bearsted from 1970 until retirement in the mid-1980s. Son Nicholas said: “My motherwas described by a former vicar of Boxley as someone who ‘just got on with things without a fuss’. Shewas active in the local WI, including a spell as president. She ran a keep- fit class inWeavering Village Hall. “In fact, the hallwas built on land which

was part of the grounds of Stone House and given toWeavering by the family.My mother was also a regularworshipper at Boxley Church, involved in the local over 60s Club and lived independently until the age of 90.” Evelyn, whowas widowed in 1989, leaves

her sons, four grandchildren and six great- grandchildren. One of her grandsons now lives at Stone House.

David Shrubsole

DAVID Shrubsole (70) lived for 35 years in Vicarage Lane, East Farleigh. His previous homes includedWrotham and Oakwood Farm, where he spent his formative years as his fatherworked on the farm. David spent hisworking life in practical

jobs, running Bridge Motors, which specialised in conversions and makeovers for cars, oenmaking drastic and very individual modifications to vehicles thatwent on to become noted sights on local roads. David’s otherwork included spellsworking

on motorcycles for a number of local companies, crane driving for Olders of Dean Street andworking for British Rail. He

finished hisworking life with employment as a mobilewelder. Davidwas married to Hazel for 47 years

and father to Lesa, Robin, Damien and David. Hazel said: “David enjoyed hiswork; therewas no dividing line between what he liked and what he did for a living. Hewas happiest in his shed or on the allotment. “David had the

ability to listen to people’s ideas about a

car, sketch them out and get it right first time. He developed his skills by doing the work and could turn his hand to anything.” David leaves his wife, children and 16 grandchildren.

James Rabey

JAMES “Jim” Rabey (99) lived in Allington for about 25 years, and lived locally for most of his life. His previous homes included Suon

Valence, where hewas born and raised, and Maidstone. Heworked briefly in Bexhill on Sea, and served in theWest Kent Regiment during the war, including service in north Africa. He earned the Order of Merit in 1945 for loyalty and devotion to duty. Jimwasmarried to May for over 40 years

and father to Alan and Hazel. Jimworked locally in the butchery trade for Hassam’s and Sainsbury’s, andwas alsowell known for his devotion to the United Reformed Church. His friend Gwendoline Ellis said: “Jimwas

an old-fashioned gentleman,well-mannered and just a lovely person. He loved gardening, and his sense of humour extended to some practical jokes. He also loved cricket and watched Kent at Mote Park and Canterbury. Hewould always help out others andwas humble and kind. So many people gained through knowing him.” Jim, whowas widowed, leaves his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Both his children pre-deceased him.


PETERWard (68), of Madginford, Bearsted, le £500 in his will for his fellow members of Maidstone’s Prostate Cancer Support Group to go out and enjoy a lunch on him. Originally trained as an electrician, Peter

alsoworked as a photographer and eventually taught photography at Mid Kent College. Hewasmarried but had no children. Peter Spearink, who knew PeterWard through the support group, said: “Peter had a really tough time but hewas a stoic person. He bore his illness with dignity and he did verywell, surviving 11 years aer a late diagnosis. The giwas a really kind gesture to the rest of us.”

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