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ALLAN RobertWille CVO, CMG, KStJ (78) of Chilhamwas a former Lord Lieutenant of Kent and a company boss known for donating about £4m to charity. Born to a Kent


family whowere working as tea planters in India, Mr Wille returned home and spent most of his youth living on farms in Thanet. He excelled at rugby as a boy and joined the Buffs (Royal East Kent


Regiment). After working in Canada and in the packaging industry he foundedWille International Limited, which grew into one of the world’s largest companies involved in electronic coding and labelling of information. MrWille sold the company in 2002, launching a charitable foundation which benefied Kent causes. Many public figures have paid tribute to


MrWille, including former Mayor of Maidstone Cllr Dan Daley who said: “Allan was the truest of gentlemen and so dedicated to whatever he did. He valued people and in everyway and encouraged whatever they were engaged in doing.”


Damen Crompton


MAIDSTONE’s Damen Crompton (36) died in a motorcycle accident. Damenwas heading to his home in ReculverWalk, Senacre on the A229 Loose Road when he lost control of his motorcycle. Damen’s partner Lianne Farrow paid tribute at the scene of the accident. Damen worked for the past four years at Dempson Ltd, a packaging company in Hermitage Lane, Maidstone. The company has supported his family through the tragedy.


John Skinner


THE deathwas announced inWiltshire of JohnA Skinner (89), who worked in Maidstone schools from 1958 to 1985, and lived in Allington. A mathematics graduate of Queen Mary College, John served in the Navy and taught in Woking and Birmingham before moving locally to become head of maths at Maidstone Grammar School. He served as headmaster of


Maidstone Technical High School for boys from April 1966. In 1974 the school’s name changed to Maidstone School For Boys, and in 1983 it became Oakwood Park Grammar School. The current deputy head, Mark Howsden, served with John. He said: “John was an educationalist of great vision. He wanted to create a ‘different’ grammar school, one which developed the whole person, not just the academic. Hewanted his teachers to be teachers of men, not just of their subject, once saying at Speech Day


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that ‘education is about relationships’. “John believed in developing the individual in all of his pupils and staff, but always within a team ethos. Under John the school developed the reputation for outstanding pastoral care and extra- curricular opportunities which it still enjoys today and soonwas established as the academic equal to other Kent grammar schools; quite a legacy. “Johnwas affectionately known to students and staff alike as ‘Jasper’ and although he had a very formal presence and demeanour he strived to get the best for and from his pupils and when appointing staff he instinctively knew what made an Oakwood Park teacher.” Johnwas married to Dorothy for 66 years


and father to Christine, Richard and Helen. Daughter Christine said: “My fatherwas a gentle man and led a life informed by Christian principles. He contributed a lot to local life in Maidstone including being amongst the founders of the Heart of Kent Hospice and a trustee for many years.” John leaves his wife, children and grandchildren.


Iris Sco


IRIS Sco (84) lived locally for about 60 years, spending the last 43 years in Aylesford and previously living in Eccles. Born Iris Mosley in London, she moved


to this area as a young woman andwas married to Mike for 47 years. Iriswas mother to Lesley and twins Antony and Hayley. Mike said: “Iris had a few jobs locally.


She worked at the local primary school as a dinner lady and did cleaning at different times for both the localWimpey offices and Safeways. But shewas mainly a wife and homemaker, her familywere her life. “She loved to play bingo at Aylesford


Village Club on Tuesdays and Sunday evenings. People will remember how friendly shewas and how she would always be at the centre of a street party. “We have been overwhelmed with tributes andwe are really thankful for all the good wishes.” Iris leaves her husband, children, grandchildren Jody, Terri, Jason and Millie and great-grandson Oliver.


Jeannie Bowpi


JEANNIE Bowpi (58) lived locally for 25 years, the first five in the Royal British Legion Village in Aylesford and, for the past 20 years, in Eccles.


Born Jeannie Allen,


she grew up in Sidcup and also lived in Dartford. She and husband Chris raised sons Steven and Michael. She worked cleaning executive homes. Chris said: “Jeannie tried all sorts of


hobbies and pastimes in her life andwas a very positive person. In recent years, she was involved with the Leonard Cheshire Day Centre at Chipstead. “Shewas so involved with the day centre


that staff regarded her like a member of staff rather than a service user – she got people organised and did lots of card and


jewellery-making to help raise funds. Jeannie had suffered with rheumatoid arthritis since 1997, but shewas resilient and didn’t let her health get her down.” Jeannie leaves her husband, sons, and grandchildren Megan, Rhys, Thomas and Grace.


Norman Harlow


NORMAN Harlow (79) lived in Bearsted for more than 50 years. Hewas born in Margate,was educated at Dover College and lived in Kent all his life.


Throughout the


war, he and his parents lived in The Victoria Hotel in Maidstone, where his fatherwas a hotelier and publican. Later he lived at the Masonic Hall in Bower Terrace. His work as a sales


rep and manager meant he travelled widely. He ended his career as general manager at Aylesford Priory. He had many interests and belonged to


the Association of Kentish Men and Men of Kent’s Maidstone branch, where hewas chairman and president. He organised many outings for members and friends. He also belonged to Bearsted History Society and more recentlywas a member of the U3A. He leaves his wife Rosemary and sons Christopher, Anthony and James.


David Nuall


DAVID Nuall (64), who had recently moved to Chart Suon,waswell known locally for his years of involvement in nature and conservation work. He lived for almost 30 years in Downswood, most of them in Longham Copse. Born in


Chesterfield, Derbyshire and educated at Loughborough University, David followed a career in civil engineering that took him to


Birmingham and Ashford, before he moved to the Maidstone area. In Kent he worked forWimpey Homes and SouthernWater. Hewas given a retirement card from his final job, but still continued to be involved three days aweek until his death. Davidwas married to Christine for 32


years, andwas father to Rachel and Emily. Emily said: “My fatherwas very generous with his time and effort and loved taking his grandchildren on nature walks. Hewas very involved with local causes including the Len Valley Action Group and Friends of Mote Park. Hewas a governor of Madginford School for many years, and helped out at many local events. “Since moving to Kent he had been


involved with St Nicholas’ Church in Otham, whichwas a very important part of his life. He also loved music and regularly aended concerts by Maidstone Symphony Orchestra and the Sacconi Quartet, of which hewas a patron.” Christine died five years ago and David


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