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Maidstone builder Percy Barden (for whom he worked for 17 years) and they had a son Martin (now a borough councillor) in 1966. Pauline died of leukaemia in 1976. They started the Maidstone Leukaemia Research Fund, which Paul and his second wife Carry continued. He is survived by Carry, Martin and grandchildren Amelia and Benjamin.


DORIS Abne (88) lived in Allington, Wateringbury and Barming. Born Doris Turner in Hackney, London, she moved to Kent with her parents, relocating to Royal British Legion Village where she married mechanic Tom Abne, from Larkfield, in 1947. The couple raised children Graham, Christine and Julie. Tom worked for Fine Fair on Hall Road, Aylesford and Doris’s work included

employment in the Carlton Cafe – on the current site of a British Heart Foundation shop in the centre of Maidstone – and at a cake shop; Icing on the Cake in Allington. Daughter Julie said: “My mother loved animals, her home and making and eating cakes, she was really loving and devoted to her children and grandchildren.”

Fred Hockey

FREDERICK “Fred” Hockey (84) lived locally for most of his life, spending about 39 years in Allington. He also had homes in Gillingham, Staplehurst and Loose. He was best-known as the owner of The House of Carpets business on the north side of Maidstone High Street. The business ran for decades and at different times had outlets in Tonbridge and the Medway Towns, but the main centre and longest

running outlet remained in Maidstone. Originally from London, Fred had previously lived in Sidcup before coming to the Maidstone area in 1962. He and his first wife June raised children Susan, Keith and Sharon. Daughter Sue said: “My father was a

loving and hands-on dad who gave us a great childhood. He made sure our early years, including holiday-camp holidays, were full of fun and fancy dress costumes.” With second wife – also called June –

Fred gained step-children Stephen and Graham. Sue said: “My dad’s main interest was his and June’s garden where he would spend his days. He loved being outside in the sunshine. However, he and June also loved dancing to the big band sounds of Glen Miller, Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey etc, mainly at Dion Community Centre.”

Fred leaves behind a loving family and will be greatly missed.

Barbara Lewis BARBARA Lewis (86) lived locally from 1967, in Poplar Grove, Bower Mount Road (where she lived for about 40 years) and Barming.

Born Barbara Fitch

in Surrey, she married Ron Lewis, a senior probation officer, and the couple moved to Maidstone after a stay in Paddock Wood. They had children Nicholas, Elizabeth,

Joanna and Rosemary and Barbara worked at Fine Fare’s depot in Aylesford and for the Inland Revenue at Medvale House. Joanna said: “My mother was very

involved in local clubs and activities. She was a member of the antiques club and the local supper club and after moving to Barming she quickly joined the WI, the historical society and the horticultural society. She was really interested in history and she and my father were members of the National Trust for many years. She also enjoyed travelling and died while on a trip to Germany.” After leaving the Inland Revenue, Barbara worked as a volunteer for 20 years, serving as a hospital librarian and also listening to children reading at St Michael’s School. Widowed in 2011 shortly before her 50th

wedding anniversary, Barbara leaves her children and grandchildren Francesca, George, Alex, Sam, Oliver and Greg.

Rosalind Fuller

ROSALIND “Roz” Fuller (24) of Fennel Close, Barming was tragically killed in a cycling accident while on holiday in Turkey. An inquest, which opened and adjourned on November 10, heard that Ms Fuller – who was taking part in a bike ride – made a wrong turn and ended up in a five- way junction where she was fatally injured after colliding with a taxi. The

accident occurred in the Turkish coastal town of Kas. Roz completed an apprenticeship with Network Rail and at the time of her death was employed in the company’s telecommunications team, a role that involved the regular climbing of towers to complete maintenance work all over the county. Roz was formerly from Gravesend and

was known in the local area from years of competitive swimming as part of the Black Lion Swimming Club (BLSC) in Gillingham. Their website has paid tribute to her. It said: "BLSC wishes its sincere


KENNETH “Ken”Welch (81) lived locally for most of his life, moving to the Maidstone area as a boy after being born in Birchington. He spent about 30 years in Bannister

Road, Penenden Heath and 20 years in Vinters Park before moving to Norfolk in 2012 to be near his daughter Gillian. After national service in the RAF Ken

spent his career with the Treasurer’s Department of Kent County Council, working his way through promotions while remaining based in County Hall. He and his wife Jean raised son Chris and daughter Gillian. Gillian said: “My father was a keen sportsman, who spent years playing cricket for the Corinthians Cricket Club. He also played table tennis for the work- ing men’s club in Brewer Street. He will be remembered as a jovial man who liked a cigaree and a brandy and had a lot of friends, with whom he really enjoyed spending time. He loved travelling and holidays and had been abroad supporting the England cricket team in theWest Indies. Ken leaves his children, one surviving

sister and grandchildren Frances and Rebecca.

There is no charge for our obituary service. Call Neil Nixon on 01622 630422 or email Maidstone Town Xmas 2015

condolences at this very sad time to her family.We all were very stunned to hear this news and still can’t believe that it has really happened. "During this difficult time, our thoughts

are with Roz’s parents Margaret and Les, and her brother Alex, who is also a former BLSC member.” Roz leaves her mother Margaret, father Les and older brother Alex.

MurielWebb MURIELWebb (94), who died in Bexhill- on-Sea, lived from 1964 to 1980 in Willington Street, Maidstone. Born in Gloucestershire, she moved to Maidstone from Orpington with solicitor husband Ronald (Ron) and their three sons Tony, Peter and Paul. Muriel worked as a school secretary at Molehill Copse School and was an active member of her local WI. Her son Peter said: “My mother was gregarious and outgoing, she loved socialising and was a keen gardener and knier. She was a devoted mother and grandmother.” Widowed in 1994, Muriel leaves her

three sons, five grandchildren, and a great- granddaughter.

Sylvia Hodgson

THE death was announced of Sylvia Hodgson (78), who was known locally as a member of the congregations of Otham, Loose and St Luke’s churches. A mother of three daughters, Sylvia’s

work turning round the lives of young men was also commended. Sylvia leaves her daughters, five grandchildren and one great-grandson.



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