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DOROTHY Drewe� (95), formerly of East Farleigh, has died. She spentmost of her life in East Farleigh,


andwas born at theWalnut Tree Inn, Forge Lane, East Farleigh,where her father and grandfather before himwere the publicans. As a young child,Dorothymoved to


Rockwell Farm,NewCut (formerly The Deans)where her father and then her brother, EdwardArchard (Ted) farmed for many years. On leaving school, sheworked for the


Kent Typewriter Company inMaidstone.At the outbreak of the SecondWorldWar, she joined the LandArmy, in Fri�enden, until it was disbanded. After thewarDorothymet andmarried


DonaldDrewe� and they farmed in Stocke� Lane andDean Street, East Farleigh, growing all types of fruit and employing many local people at harvest time. When her husband died in 1988, her son


John took over the farmfor 10 years. Dorothy spent her later years inNuneaton


where she livedwith her daughter Pauline. Dorothy leaves her son and daughter,


four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.


“Jimmy” Sudra


JAMNADAS “Jimmy” Sudra (80)was known locally fromyears ofworkwith the KentMessenger Group (nowKMGroup) and fromhis years living in Burham. His time locally involvedworking in


Safeways and subsequently employment as a payroll clerk at the KM. Itwas one stop in a truly remarkable life


story that took a huge turn after Jimmy, as a young boy in his native Tanzania,was playing near the diamondmine that employed his father.He spo�ed something that looked like pink glass and took it to the mine owner.He had discovered a 23.6 carat diamond that eventually became part of the jewelleryworn by theQueen at her wedding. Jimmy’s honesty in presenting the find


was rewardedwith a private education. The mine then employed himnavigating their aircraft (a job that eventually led to near disasterwhen the plane exploded after a cigare�e smoker accidently ignited fuel). Jimmy required treatment for burns and re- trained as a policeman before coming to the UK. Hemet andmarriedMary, the daughter of his boss and the couple lived locally,


raising childrenAaron and Elizabeth. AfterMary’s death in 2015, Jimmymoved


to Ireland to be close to his daughter. In his final years, he suffered from


dementia and he died in an Irish nursing home onAugust 22.


Tony Levick


TONY Levick (88), of Linton,who retired after a successful career as aMaidstone accountant,made amajor contribution to the Kent and local community through his voluntary support for cricket and his parish council. Hewas long-termtreasurer of Kent


County Cricket Club andwas appointed club president in 1998 andmade an honorary lifemember. The county flag flewat half mast on the first day of Kent’s final game of the season at Canterbury. Tonywas captain of


TheMote Cricket Club from1965 to 1972. During this period, the


Kent Leaguewas launched,which the club haswon six times, twice during Tony’s club presidency. Formore than 20 years, hewas chairman


of trustees of TheMote ground. Hewas deeply involved in the life of his


home village, serving as chairman of the parish council.He also played for the village cricket club. Professionally, he joined the family firm


of accountants Levicks,which today still has branches in London Road,Maidstone and Broadstairs. Tony was predeceased by hiswife Pat


and is survived by his daughter Sally, son James, five grandchildren and two great grandsons.


JimBa


JAMES “Jim” Ba� (64) lived in Tovil Green for 31 years.Hemoved to theMaidstone area as a 12-year-oldwhen his family relocated fromLondon. Educated inMaidstone, Jimwas


employed by BT formost of hisworking life, starting as an engineer and climbing through the ranks to manager. Itwas on a commuter coach to London that hemet Heather, hiswife of 30 years. Jimplayed football for both Barming and Westborough and supported Liverpool FC.


Hemade headlines as a boywhen he saw


a body floating in theMedway.His call to the police helped save thewoman’s life and he received a special award froma local newspaper. WifeHeather said: “Jimwas awonderful


caring husbandwho loved life.” Jimleaves hiswife, family and hismany friends, hewill be greatlymissed


Brian Eddy BRIANEddy (89)moved toAylesford in 1971 towork for Kent County Council. Brian’s life prior to his localmove had


been remarkable.He coxed the successful Cambridge eight in the 1953University Boat Race to an eight-length victory.Hewent on towork in the colonial service, andwhile in the Rhodesian Territories hemet and married Gillian and they had five children. The family se�led inAylesfordwhen Brian took a postwith the personnel department of KCC, rising through the ranks to the highest level ofmanagement. Atribute on the Facebook page of St Peter


and St Paul’s Church,Aylesford described Brian as “a loving father and grandfather…a quick-wi�ed inspiration to hiswhole family.” Brianwas a co-founder ofMaidstone


Invicta Rowing Club and he donated his boat, Blue Boy, to the clubwhen he retired fromcompetitive rowing, aged 82. The club named another boat Brian Eddy in his honour. The club site notes: “The club first entered themen’s EightsHead of the River on the Tideway in London in 1987with an eight coxed by Cambridge Blue Brian Eddy.” Daughter Bertie said; “My father played a


huge part in the life ofAylesford Church. Hewas a fun guywith lots of character.” Brian leaves children Rosie, Steph,


Frankie and Bertie and seven grandchildren. DaughterAmanda pre-deceased him.


JohnWinchester


WILLIAM“John”Winchester (70) lived in Fauchons Lane, Bearsted for 11 years. He spent decades in the local police


serving as a cadet, constable and detective constable before finishing hisworking life as a civilian crime support officer. Sussex-born, John


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was a talented sportsmanwho played cricket at county level as a schoolboy, facing future internationals likeAlan Kno� and DerekUnderwood, before joining Kent Police. Former colleagues


say howthey regarded


workingwith himas both a pleasure and a privilege and – despite the nature of the work – he could bring laughter to a situation. John always had the ability to see the best in people. John continued his love of sport in


retirement and loved playing golf at Bearsted.Hewas devoted to his family and leaves hiswife Sharon, daughters Claire and Emma and granddaughters Ella, Lauren, Ava and Isla.


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