ALANCole (86)was born and raised in Snodland and lived in the Springfield area of Maidstone for 62 years.
His only significant
period away from the area came with national service in the RAF in which he took postings in various locations around England. Alan had a varied
and creative working life. He worked as a
cartographer including spells working in the electricity industry and for Kent County Council and also worked in a number of roles with his musical talents. He taught music, including guitar, in schools and worked for Sharon Music in Maidstone, as well as managing stores for the company in Canterbury and TunbridgeWells. Alanwas married to June for 62 years and
was father to Pamand Chris. Pamsaid: “My fatherwas a man of many talents who truly embraced life. He achieved an incredible amount. Hewas involved locally as a Scoutmaster, in church music and performing music. “He also organised quizzes and worked
locally as a magician. He did gardens for local pensioners aswell as tending his own garden and had done a lot of cine filming including footage of British buerflies. “Hewas the chair of his local Active Retirement Fellowship and involved in a local table tennis league. Hewas also enjoyed painting and drawing, including running art classes and cake decorating. Wherever hewent in the local area he met people who knew him.” Alan leaves his wife and children.
MICHAEL Howard “Mike” Davis (75) had lived locally since the early 1970s and lived in Hengist Court from 2012, having previously lived in Cornwallis Road and Upper Fant Road. The son of a postmaster, Mike moved around with his father’s work and had lived in Kent before he moved to the local area from Falmouth in Cornwall.
He worked locally as a career civil servant in the benefits office.
With wife Chris, Mike raised daughter Mandy. She said: “My fatherwas the kind of friendly person who would stop and help anyone. People have described him as kind and wise and hewas very much a people person, very giving. “He regularly visited a few old people and
just generally loved to talk. He also loved sport andwas a member of Kent County Cricket Club. Maidstone CricketWeekwas a big event in his life for many years and he could enjoy almost any sport on television, although he had a particular love of rugby and football.” Mikewas widowed in 1992, but spent the
final 11 years of his life with his partner – also Chris. He leaves his partner, daughter and grandchildrenWesley, Freddie and Judd.
SUSAN Lyn Poen (67) lived inAylesford village for 35 years, moving there with husband Barrie and brought up daughters Karen and Julia.
Born Susan Cole in
Luton, Medway, Sue was educated in the Medway area and began taking administration jobs. Shewas working for Seeboard when she gave up work to become a mother. Sue raised her family as
Barrie worked for the Kent Messenger Group butwent back to work as her children grew up. Her local jobs included work as a dinner lady at St Peter’s Primary School and administration work for Safeway (now Waitrose) inAylesford. Daughter Karen said: “Mumwas very
happy at home and loved poering. She had a talent for gardening and cooking andwas very devoted to her family. Shewas a member of the village book club andwas known locally. “Her final bale with illness involved a
series of life-changing operations but she managed to stay strong and positive.” Sue – whowas widowed in 2013 – leaves
her daughters and grandchildren Eleanor, Thomas and Jacob.
EILEEN Mary Colle (96) lived in Surrey Road, Shepway, for over 65 years and before that near Frienden. Born Eileen Martin near Trowbridge in
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Wiltshire, she moved to Smallhythe and as a young Girl Guide had visited Smallhythe Place for tea where she met the owner, actress Ellen Terry. Eileenwas married for almost 50 years to
Roger Colle andwas mother to Alan and Jacqueline. She worked at the Granada Cinema at the boom of Gabriel’s Hill, on local farms and for many years in the canteen of Oxford Road Primary School in Maidstone. Alan Colle said: “My motherwas the
kind of lovable person who is liked by everyone. She loved to go dancing with my father.My
mother lived independently for many years after he died andwas a loving mother and grandmother.” Eileen, whowas widowed about 20 years
ago, leaves her children, grandchildren Martin, Carl and Karen and great- grandchildren Luke, Bethany, Nicole and Isabel.
MARDEN’S Dudley Beversham Fermor (80) was born locally and lived in the area for almost all of his life. In 1947, Dudley obtained the Lambe scholarship to Suon Valence School. He showed great promise as a cricketer and later went on to play for Harrietsham. Dudley completed National Service between 1954 and 1956. Like several other Fermor sons of that generation, Dudley worked with his father at Eastwood Farm, Ulcombe, when he left school. He then became a horticultural representative for Boots Farm Sales before moving to Murphy’s the chemical company. His final job before retiringwas as a sales representative for Suons (Produce Packaging) in Marden. Dudleywas married twice. His first marriage produced children Sarah and Simon. In 1983, he married Ida, and became stepfather to Caroline and Richard. Caroline said: “My stepfather and mother
were not interested in a quiet retirement. They formed Ida Fermor Design to market herwatercolour paintings. Dudley managed the business side whilst Ida produced the paintings. Thesewere reproduced on postcards and greetings cards and sold widely. “He also became interested in living history and when interest in the 1940s became topical, Dudley and my mother enjoyed dressing up in period military uniforms and re-enacting thewar years. Dudleywas a true gentleman, a gentle man and a true countryman at heart.” Dudley leaves his wife Ida, his children
and step-children, step-granddaughter Lucy and step-great grandson James.
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