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downsmail.co.uk Jordana Carr


THE sudden death of Jordana Carr (35) at her home in Pla stunned all of those who knew the special needs co-ordinator and teacher for Kent County Council. She worked locally


at the Cedars pupil referral unit in Bower Mount Road, Maidstone. Jordana – a mother


– was pronounced dead after emergency services were called to her home by someone concerned


for her welfare. Her friends have poured their shock and


grief into social media tributes.Wendy Reynolds wrote: “Such a beautiful wonderful friend, love u so very much, we had some funny times together, you always made me smile and brightened up my day, I'll miss u somuchmy lile star, you were one in a million.” Having recently completed a year of teacher training, Jordana had distinguished herself as a passionate teacher with a flair for inspiring youngsters and a consistent creativity in developing ideas for use in her work. Her colleagues at the Cedars also spoke of their grief and shock.


Ronald Knight


RONALD “Ron” Knight (79), who has died in Lytham St Anne’s, Lancashire, grew up in Tovil and was educated locally. He left the area to do national service and


then studied aeronautical engineering at UCL in London. He went on to work at English Electric (subsequently British Aerospace) as an estimator, based in Lancashire. Ron was married to


Janet for 46 years and was father to Christopher and Joanne. Joanne said: “My father was a very loving family


man, who always put us first and usually described himself as a British Aerospace man. He loved his work and was very involved with his workmates outside the workplace. “He loved fell walking and helped to organise the British Aerospace fell-walking club for a number of years, often visiting the Lake District. After retiring at the age of 56 he kept himself active and had traced


the history of the family back to the 1800s. “As a student he worked in a Lyons


Coffee House. He loved jazz and choral music and enjoyed collecting records and hearing music live.” Ron – who was widowed six years ago –


leaves his children, grandchildren Ellio, Dale, Georgia, James and Gabriella and a number of family members including a brother who lives locally.


Joe Bisgin


MAIDSTONE’S Joe Bisgin (30) was praised for his funny and kind-hearted qualities. The roofer and father of four, who grew up in Tovil, was found dead near the River Len on a footpath beneathWat TylerWay in Maidstone. He had been diagnosed with a severe personality disorder in December 2014.A fundraising page to help with “Big Joe’s Farewell” has been established on Gofundme and friends and family


have paid tribute to Joe online. Natalie Hollywell Shane Saunders posted: “R.I.P Joe he will be missed by loads of people sendmy love to family and kids x” Joe and partner NatalieWatson had been together for five years and had two children, three year old Joe and two year oldMacie. Joe Bisgin had also raised Natalie’s daughter Grace as his own and was father to a son from a previous relationship.


Dr Keith Carter


Dr KEITH Carter (89), who lived in Barming from 1962, was well known locally from years of work in local hospitals. Raised in Lileover, Derby, Keith went


on to study medicine at Kings College, where his wartime duties included firewatching from the roof. He also joined the college swimming team, following a passion he pursued into his 70s. After completing his degree, Keith gained registrar experience in a variety of posts, meeting wife of 62 years, June, who worked as a lab technician at Ashford Hospital inMiddlesex. Keith completed national service with the


RAF in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and returned to Redhill, Surrey, where daughters Heather and Jill, were born. After several different postings, he was


then appointed to a permanent post at Preston Hall Hospital, and the family


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moved to Maidstone in 1962. Keith was promoted to consultant and


was involved in the design of the pathology department at the new Maidstone Hospital. When there was a gap in expertise, he stepped in and performed postmortem examinations for the Coroner’s Court.


Heather said: “My father’s hobbies included building electronic equipment, photography and car maintenance. He continued learning throughout his life – he studied computing with the Open University when it was still a fledgling field, learned scuba diving, how to play the clarinet, and how to navigate a boat. “But more than this he was kind, caring,


a quiet sort of man who remained fiercely independent. He always thought of Derby as his home, keeping an eye on the fortunes of Derby County. He watched them win the FA Cup in 1946, though he also became a Spurs supporter whilst he was in London.” Keith leaves two daughters, two grandchildren and two great- grandchildren.


Paul Cox


FORMER Maidstone borough councillor (1963-66), businessman and leading member of local service clubs, Paul Cox has died aged 78, after two years of illness. Educated at Kent College, Canterbury, Paul followed his Na- tional Service by join- ing the TA as a captain and later transferred to the UK Warning and Moni- toring Organisation situated in an under- ground building be- hind


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His career turned to general building construction, quantity surveying and estimating. His love of boats saw him buy Tovil Bridge Boat Yard in 1968, selling it 10 years later to buy a partnership in C&C Plant Hire. He joined Lions International (1962-76)


and was president in 1967/68. In 1981 he joined the Rotary Club of Maidstone, serving as secretary for three years and president in 1993/94. He aended Holy Cross Church, Bearsted, serving as church warden and chairman of the Fabric Commiee. Paul was a keen sportsman with an emphasis on tennis, golf, bowls, swimming and skiing and was a founder member and later chairman and president of Bearsted Tennis Club. He married Pauline Barden, daughter of


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