THE death has been announced of June Ingram. The long-time member ofWest Malling Ro-
tary Club died in Pembury Hospital after a very short illness. June was widely known through her con- nections with the Rotary Club, her work in the local area and her work with SERVKent (Ser- vice by Emergency Response Volunteers) an organisation specialising in activities like rapid delivery of blood supplies for emer- gency use. Fellow Rotary Club member Pat Thomas
said; “June’s happy smiling face will be greatly missed by all her knew her.”
THE death on November 1 has been announced of Florence “Flora” Jenner. Flora,wholived in Bexhill-on-Sea,was born Florence Piper in Maid- stone, the daughter of local
Henry Piper. Her death announce-
ment stated she “lived and learned at The Elms, London Road.” Flora was the wife of
Ian who served in the RAF, and mother to
David, Colin and Elizabeth. A death an- nouncement in the Daily Telegraph noted she was: “an ardent independence campaigner who fulfilled her dream at the end”. Flora – whowas widowed – leaves her two younger children, son David having pre-de- ceased her, and her grandchildren Alice, Iso- bel, Olivia and Jessica.
CECIL “Cec” Harris (90) lived locally almost all of his life, initially in Marden and, for most of his life, in Coxheath. After starting work locally and undertakingwar service at the very end of hostilities in Italy and Egypt, Cec returned to spend most of his working life as an agriculturalwelder with Drake and Fletcher. He briefly moved away from his employer in the mid-1970s, seing up with a partner as makers of air-conditioning systems for commercial buildings, but decided to return to Drake’s where he ended his working life. Cecwas married to Maureen for more
than 50 years. She worked in a clerical capacity forHMPMaidstone. Her cousin David Elms said: “Cecwas a down-to-earth man who could socialise easily with others. He might seem quiet at first, but once you got to know him hewas easy to get on with. Hewas a long-time regular at the Bird in Hand pub in Coxheath. “When Maureen suffered a stroke he cared
for her until her death six years ago.” Cec leaves his many local friends.
THE death ofWateringbury’s Philip Cockburn (84) has drawn a range of tributes. Philipwas a village resident for many
years and long-time servant of the local parish council, holding the post of chairman
for several years. Originally from the north east of England,
a number of Philip’s longest standing friends could recall the days when his accent from that areawas very pronounced. Philip completed his national service in the
RAF, undertaking pilot training and remaining part of the auxiliary air force at the end of this period. His professional career took him to the highest levels of banking. Having joined Barclays Bank in 1948, he remained within the bank for forty years. His work took in a range of assignments including time spent in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa. Philip’s financial career allowed him to hold many leers after his name and his later working years included a number of non- executive positions in financial and property concerns. Philipwas married to Sue and had one
son, one daughter and a step-son. He leaves his wife, children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren.
Ronald “Ron” Lickfold (81) lived locally, spending the last 45 years in Park Wood. Hewas born in Maidstone and grew up on
the Foster Clark Estate. He aended Southborough School, where he loved art. On leaving school, he worked at Harne’s
Rose Nursery in Bearsted and completed his National Service in the RAF in Yorkshire. He loved nature and the natural world, Mote Park and Bedgebury Pinetum being among his favourite places. Ronwas an avid reader and dabbled in poetry, followed a variety of sports and even took up boxing in the RAF, but his first love was always fishing. In 1958, Ron married Maisie, who he met
on holiday. He later worked for Express Dairies, receiving an award for long service, until ill health forced him to retire. He recovered enough to help at the original Monk Lakes in Marden and when they relocated he moved to run the tackle shop. Ron leaves Maisie and son Anthony.
THE death has been announced of Carl Miners, of Snodland. Carl worked for the gas board for many
years and for the firm of Hickmo and Miners plumbers and gas installers. He leaves his many friends and family locally.
PAMELA“Pam” Hensby lived for 41 years on St Andrew’s Road and lived locally her whole life. Born Pamela Turk and raised in Tovil, Pam worked in the milk bar at the back of the current site of the Mall Chequers, in a laundry on the Loose Road and at International Stores onWeek Street and Pricerite on the current site of Argos on Maidstone High Street. Pam’s last jobswere as a staff canteen cashier in local hospitals, working at Oakwood Hospital until that closed and then at Maidstone Hospital.
As a young woman she spent several years
involved in the local branch of the Salvation Army.
Whilst working in International Stores she
met Ray Hensby, whowas to be her husband of 41 years, and the couple seled on St Andrew’s Road in the house Ray had grown up in. He said: “Pam very much liked being with
other people and shewas close to her family, especially her nieces and nephews. “She lovedwalking and music; especially singers including Michael Ball, Cliff Richard, Celine Dion and RussellWatson. Whenwe were both retiredwe took a major trip to Canada visiting places like Vancouver Island before flying to the United States wherewe saw Celine Dion perform in Las Vegas, and to Hawaii.” Pamleaves Ray and her many friends and family.
GOUDHURST’S Robin Stafford (86)was a renowned journalist with an impressive list of credits. He served as foreign correspondent for the
Daily Mail for about 20 years, before taking the post as spokesman for Lord Carrington (at that time serving as Secretary General of Nato). He worked around the world, always being ready to leave immediately for a foreign story whilst working as a journalist. Born inWimbledon, Robin grew up the
son of an artistic director in theatre andwas educated at the University of Cambridge. He chose to do military service before working as a journalist. Robinwas married twice, and had a daughter, Lina. He seled in Goudhurst with his second wife Barbara, who survives him.
THE tragic death of Vinters Park woman Sandra Young (42) made local headlines. The married mother, who recently became a grandmother collapsed and died whilst out shopping in the The Mall, Maidstone, on December 2. Just aweek before
her death, she had posted a thanks on Facebook to paramedics who she
said had saved her life at Tesco Grove Green, on that occasion. She wrote: “I have so many people to thank for last night the ambulance service ,Kent air ambulance, police , Tesco and most of all my husband and wonderful family have so much to thank you all for.”
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