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ERIC Snowball (77), who lived in Tonbridge Road for over 40 years,was a well-known figure in the local music community, with a life-long involvement in performing and supporting the performance of music. As lead guitarist


with local band The Zephyrs, he had come close to having a massive hit record when producer Joe Meek offered them


the chance to perform an instrumental for release as a single. However, the band turned him down, because it would have meant dropping their female vocalist. The Tornadoes subsequently took up the option and enjoyed a number one with Telstar. Eric began work as an apprentice with


the Haynes Ford dealership, but his membership of the Sharp’s Creamy Toffee Skiffle Group was the start of a career in the world he loved. He branched out into running a music shop – ESE Music in Upper Fant Road – in 1968 andwas insightful enough to see the business opportunities available in hiring out sound systems for live performances. His firmwent on to supply systems for


artists as diverse as AC/DC, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Bay City Rollers and Vera Lynn. Ericwas married to Margaret for more


than 45 years andwas father to Ma and Katie. Ma has followed his father into the business and runs a specialised operation offering a range of support to touring musicians. He said: “My fatherwas a strong character dedicated to hiswork and connected to many people in the industry. For many years hewas the leading importer of pedal steel guitars, work that brought him into contact with the leading


players of that instrument across the United Kingdom.” Eric leaves his wife and children.


Edward Sergison


EDWARD T “Ted” Sergison (67) lived in Staplehurst his whole life. Heworked as a trafficwarden, in security and also for the prison service.


Tedwas married to second wife Jeanee “Jean” for 33 years andwas father to Wayne, Georgenia, Karen, Tarasa and Mahew. Ted campaigned


about the Bale of Britain, managing to get memorials placed


for a young British pilot killed in Grave Lane and a Belgian pilot who died in September 1940. For the laer he managed to get television coverage and a flypast by Belgian aircra. He campaigned to mark the Staplehurst Emergency Landing Ground and in the resulting ceremony a P51-D Mustang aircra overflew the proceedings. Ted’s work also allowed him to make contact with veteran pilots and gather memorabilia including their signatures. Anature lover who enjoyed going out


with his wife andwalking his dogs, Ted leaves his wife, children, nine grandchildren and two great- grandchildren.


Trevor Gallavin


TREVOR Gallavin (71) lived locally his whole life, and lived in Loose for 30 years. Hewas born in Maidstone and aended Maidstone Grammar School. He had a career in architecture, much of it with Maidstone Council. His hobbies includedworking on his


own home and hewas also willing to help others with their DIY projects. He will be remembered in Loose for his


involvement with the Loose Swiss Scout Group included 11 years as group scout leader, followed by a period as headquarterswarden. Trevorwas married to Helen and father


to Nick and Jackie. Among the many tributes paid to Trevor


was one from Loose Swiss Scout Group chairman David Priestley – who regularly accompanied Trevor on annual trips to see the winter tours of rock band Status Quo. David said: “Trevor’s death leaves an enormous void…he could always be relied upon to assist at many of the commitments where adult helpwas required.” Trevor leaves his wife, son and two grandchildren.


Enid Hargraves


ENID Hargraves (77) lived for more than 40 years in Maidstone, aer moving from Dartford in the mid-1970s. Born Enid Bell in Gateshead, she grew up


in the North East and married Alan Hargraves. Alan served Maidstone Council as chief executive and Enidworked for many years as a maths teacher at Rochester Girls’Grammar School. Enid and Alanwere known for their long-term involvement with Maidstone Rotary Club. Enid continued to be involved with the club aer Alan’s death in 2003. She was a member of the club’s Inner Wheel and had twice been club president. Enid leaves her sons, Richard and Philip, and grandchildren Daniel and Loie.


Frank Kerr THE funeral of Frank Kerr (64) saw funeral directors and pall bearers (also Frank’s son- in-laws) donning Elvis costumes. Frank, a retired landscape gardener,was known to customers and friends as “Frank the fence”. Frank lived in Five Oak Green near


Tonbridge but was originally from Staplehurst.


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Terry Shambler


AYLESFORD’s Terry Shambler (18) died aer being hit by a bus inAyia Napa, Cyprus. Terry was awaiting his A-level results


aer completing his studies at Maidstone Grammar School. Friends and family described Terry as fun-loving.Aylesford Bulls Rugby Club, for whom Terry played from the age of seven until a knee injury at the age of 16, also expressed their shock. The accidentwas being investigated.


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