orderForm.noItems Sarah Imelda Taylor

THE death has been announced of Sarah Imelda Taylorwho lived in the Boxley Road area ofMaidstone from1975. Born Sarah Hayden, the eldest of five sisters in Ireland, Sarahworked as a nurse and carer for the elderly andwas known as Imelda to her family. She came to England

in the 50s to train as a nurse andmet her husband of 37 years, John Taylor,when she

was nursing in Granthamin Lincolnshire. The couplemarried in 1958 andmoved with John’swork in engineering to Devon, before coming to theMaidstone area. Johnworked for engineering firmBlaw

Knox in Rochester and Sarahworked in local hospitals at Linton and Oakwood House. Shewasmother to Susan, Steven, Anne and Vicki. Son Steven said: “Ourmother knew

fromher own upbringing that life could be hard, and sheworked hard tomake sure we had the support and opportunitieswe wanted. “Formany years, shewas a regular

worshipper at St Francis’ Catholic Church in town.Afterworking in local hospitals she finished herworking life in care homes,working at Barty House for 10 years until shewas 74 years old. “She liked nothing be�er than socialising

and relaxing andwas always forward looking and interested inwhatwas happening in theworld. “Shewas also a keen gardener and liked

to be always decorating and organising family dinners.” Sarah –whowaswidowed in 1996 –

leaves her children, seven grandchildren and her four surviving sisters.

Shelagh Durbridge

THE death has been announced of Shelagh Durbridge of Vinters Park. Shelagh, who passed away peacefully at

theHeart ofKentHospice, ran the transport office at Voluntary Action Maidstone for many years,when itwas based inMarsham

Street. She later helped to care for her elderly

mother and pursued her love ofwalking. Her friend and former colleague, Irene

Oxlet, said: “Shelagh's knowledge of the Kent countryside and surrounding villages was amazing. She will be much missed by allwho knewher.”


ARTHUR James (Jim) Boswell (93) joined Rotary in 1966 and served as District Governor for Kent and East Sussex and President of the Rotary clubs of both Rochester and Maidstone in a lifetime of service to voluntary organisations. A Yorkshireman, he

movedwith his family to Kent in 1933, joined the Home

Guard at 17 andwas drafted in to the Royal Engineers to serve in France after D Day. His career as a surveyor ultimately led

himto formhis own building business. Hewas a keen sportsman and enjoyed

cricket, football and golf. HemarriedAline in 1974 and they

finally se�led inMarden. He leaves his wife, sonMartin and daughter Cllr Annabelle Blackmore, former leader of Maidstone Borough Council.

Derek Smith

DEREK Thomas Smith (68) lived in Barming and before that in Bredhurst. Born in Portsmouth, hemovedwith his

family toAldershotwhere his father retired after serving in the Royal Navy. Derek servedwith the Royal Signals for

12 years, including a lengthy spell in Holland. Heworked in a Dutch papermill beforemoving toMaidstone,where he drove for Nu-Venture buses. Derekwasmarried to Dorothy “Dee”

and father to Nedascha, Daisy, Tony and Tracy. Dee said: “Derek kept the qualities he developed in themilitary throughout his life. Hewas also really funny and had a lot of stories to tell.

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Queen and, after his death, I found a photo of himin the chorister’s costume hewore back then. For awhile, hewas amember of the Buffalos inMedwaywho collected money for charity. “As amark of respect for all he brought

to Nu-Venture, the company is naming a bus in his honour and itwill carry a photograph of Derek. “Peoplewill remember himas aman of

characterwho always spoke fromthe heart and saidwhat he felt about things. “Hewas happiest living in Bredhurst

and intended tomove back there.” Derek leaves hiswife, children and

grandchildren Gemma, Denise, Samantha, Jessica, Bradley, Nathan and Tiffany.

Mike Holmes

MICHAEL “Mike” Holmes (78) of Bearsted followed a demanding career in banking that took himtomany locations. Born and raised in Dorset.Mike joined

the National Provincial Bank –which eventually became the National Westminster bank.Whilstworking in the bank hemet hiswife of 43 years,Audrey and the couple se�led in Bearsted in 1974. Mike enjoyed bowling, playing at

Maidstone Bowls Club in the summer and indoors atMote Park in thewinter. Hewas also amember ofMaidstone Lions for some years. Audrey said: “Mike got onwellwith

people. He made friends easily and always did his best for others. His funeral at Vinters Parkwas packed, and I have been inundatedwith cards paying tribute to his character. “We loved travelling and had been all

round theworld, as far asAustralia, The USA, Japan, Canada and Russia.We loved going to Barbados, and visited the island 19 times.” Mike leaves hiswife and his brother,


June Homewood THE death has been announced of June Homewood, of EastMalling. Junewaswife to David andmother to

Steven, David,Marc andAllan.A tribute described June as “a dedicatedwife, a perfectmumand the best grandmother.” June leaves her husband, sons and grandsons:Mark, Jon, Philip and James.




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