DAPHNE Gardner (89) who spent the final 15 years of her life in Allington lived locally almost all of her life. Born DaphneWenham in Newhaven, she moved to the area as a young girl. Her previous homes include Snodland, Larkfield, Leybourne and East Malling. Daphne worked for Corben’s Builders until she married Fred Gardner and became mother to Sally and
Andrew. Fred worked at Leybourne Grange and later in her life Daphne alsowent to work there. Andrew said: “My motherwas sociable
and got onwell with everyone shewas a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed the normal things in life, like taking awalk on Holly Hill with my father and her grandchildren. Just before she died she had become a great-grandmother.” Daphne – whowas a widow – leaves her children, grandsons David and Mark and great-granddaughter Imogen.
THE tragic death of Riley Bourne, aged 4, of Park Wood made local headlines. After being treated for chickenpox the youngster developed other symptoms and an aggressive tumourwas diagnosed. Sadly, Rileywas unable to withstand the medication or fight the tumour. Tributes paid to him by his family spoke
of his love of Disney and dancing and the positive impact he had on those he met. Riley lived with his mother Joanne and
baby brother Roman and aended Molehill Primary Academy.
PETER Brion (76) lived in Maidstone his whole life, the last 35 years in Senacre Wood with his previous homes including Dover Street and Waterlow Road. He studied at
Vinters Boys’ School before working at Trebor Sharp in Maidstone. He also worked for J. Muirhead’s frozen
food business in Sevenoaks and Sunroc Water Coolers in Marden. He finished his working life as caretaker at Senacre Primary School. Peterwas father to Kevin, Nicola, Lesley, Rebecca and David. Nicola said: “My father loved finding out about thewar Hewas a good dad and a good friend to those he knew. He also completed a number of charitywalks.” He leaves his wife Izobel, children, 12 grandchildren and three great- grandchildren.
ELIZABETH McAlarey (77) lived locally, at Upper Fant Road, the Shepway estate and in Elizabeth Close. She spent her last six years in Hengist Court, Marsham Street. Born Elizabeth
Baker – and known as Bey – shewas educated locally and started work at the Fremlin brewery boling beer. Elizabeth also worked at Sharps factory and as a cleaner at Oakwood Hospital.
Elizabeth’s older children are Lizzy, Sean
and Kellie. Kellie said: “My motherwas a very giving person who would help anyone in need. She spent time with her brothers and sisters when they became ill and spent about 30 years looking after my father after he had a stroke.” Elizabethwas married to Paddy for 60
years, until his death in 2016. Shewas one of 14 children, three of whom are still alive. Elizabeth also leaves her own children, seven grandchildren and six great- grandchildren.
DENISWilliam O’Neill (66), who lived in Lenham before moving to Everden, near Dover,was the founder, chairman and managing director of Kent Pharmaceuticals Ltd, an Ashford-based company which supplied generic drugs to the NHS among others. Born in Derbyshire, Denis moved locally
to work for Abbot Laboratories before seeing the opportunity to move into the market for generic drugs. He also founded a business in Lenham dealing in koi carp and exotic birds. As Kent Pharmaceuticals grew, the other business moved to Grafty Green Garden Centre. In 2012, as Dennis struggled with his
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health, itwas sold to an Irish company. His other interests included rugby and he had played for Derbyshire and Ashford until an injury ended his involvement in the sport. He also supported a school in
Kenya providing education for over 200 children. Denis leaves his wife Anna, children Lucy, Jazmine, Erian and McKenzie and grandchildren Saffron and Marni.
BRIAN Donald Corby (79) of Porchester Lane, Loose died a few days short of his 80th birthday and a fewweeks before his 54thwedding anniversary. Born in Gravesend, he met his wife,
Pauline, in his home town and the couple were resident in Strood before moving locally. They lived in ChapmanAvenue before moving to Loose. Brian’s work work with British Uralite
air conditioning equipment took him all over the local area and as far afield as Blackpool. He helped to place air conditioning in the Channel Tunnel and on the QE2 ocean liner. Brianwas father to Neal and Sharon.
Neal said: “In retirement, my father focused on family, travelling and golf, playing at Bearsted Golf Club. He also played tennis and badminton. “People will remember my father as affable, likeable and a real people person.” Brian leaves his wife, children, grandchildren James, Hannah, Robert and Kosta and great-grandson Zachery.
MARGARET Rose “Meg” Featherstone (81) who lived in Coxheath died last Boxing Day. Born in Tovil, Meg moved to Shepway, Maidstone, and later toWest Kingsdown. Megwaswell known as a swimmer, learning to swim in the Medway at Teston bridge. As a teenager she swam across Mote Park lake a number of times, becoming known as “the lady of
the lake”. Megwas a member of Maidstone swimming club from 1947 until 1960 but in 1960 she became swimming instructor at Warner's holiday camp on the Isle of Sheppey. Here she met Derek and the couple married at the end of the summer season. Derek said: “Shewas the best thing on two legs – in or out of thewater. She was also a great dancer.” Megwas mother to daughter Lesley and
son Alan and grandmother to four grandchildren. Meg did a lot of charity work for Children in Need, Demelza House Hospice and Guide Dogs for the Blind.
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