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downsmail.co.uk Frank Brake


FRANK Brake (85)who died at the Pilgrim’sHospice on his 85th birthday was the last surviving brother of the Brake Brothers food distribution company, establishedwith his brothersWilliamand Peter in 1958.


The company,


established to supply poultry to caterers, became incorporated in 1961. It became involved in distributing frozen foods in the 1960s and – after a floatation on the Stock Exchange in


themid-80s – acquired other local companies before the brothers sold their share of the company in 2002. By this time Peter Brake had died and


William’s health problems had left Frank takingmost of the businessmanagement responsibility. The company and Brake name continue in operation to the present day.. Frankmarried Evelyn in 1959 andwas


father toMichelle, Phillip and Richard.A tribute site to Frank noted his philanthropy and involvement in local life, stating: “In his personal life, Frankmade significant contribution to charities.Major involvements included project leadership andmatched funding for the building of the KentMultiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre, significant contributions to Parkinson’sUK and Cure Parkinson’s, Ashford Pilgrim’sHospice, andmany smaller local charities in Kent.” Frank leaves hiswife, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.


Roy Town ROY Town (90), ofMadginford, lived locally all his life apart fromnational service driving lorries inGermany. Born the fifth of a family of six children in Leeds hewent on towork in local driving jobs including delivering caravans forDavey’s ofHarrietsham, lorry driving for Blue Cap Foods ofDi�on and as an instructor for the Vern School ofMotoring inMaidstone


before se�ing up his own school of motoring. Roywasmarried


for 69 years toMay andwas father to Ivan and Christopher. Ivan said; “My father loved bowling and making others


happy.He had a light-hearted quality that allowed himto get onwith anyone.He was devoted to his family.” Roy leaves hiswife and son Ivan


(Christopher pre-deceased him), aswell as grandsonsMa�hewandDaniel and four great-grandchildren.


LeonMoodley


LEONMoodley (70)who has died in Edinburghwas born in Cape Town SA, but brought up locally. The eldest of six children, he a�ended


St Francis School andMaidstone Technical School for Boys before a�endingMaidstone College ofArt and WalthamstowCollege ofArt. Leon spentmany years as amaker of


bespokemetalwork. La�erly, he had his own kitchen and bathroomdesign company. Leonwas father to Lorraine and twins,


Luke and Jerome. Leon’s sisterAngela said: “My brotherwas gentle and considerate, a compassionate person and also a talented artist.He had a lifelong love of themusic of Leonard Cohen and followed Manchester United.” Leon leaves his


children and granddaughters Julia and Emma.


Chris Tunbridge TRIBUTES have been paid tomotorcycle mechanic Chris Tunbridge of Eyhorne Street,Hollingbourne, after an inquest into his death.


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32 Chris died inNovember, but a recent


inquest prompted tributes praising himas a “great, funny guy.” Chris ran CTMotorcycle Services on


WillowIndustrial Estate, Tyland Lane, Maidstone, specialising in the customising of bikes and restorationwork. He had had a passion formotorbikes since his teenage years. Hewaswell-


known for taking his dog Meg towork with him. Chris’s packed


funeral inDecemberwas helped by an online collection – organised by friends and fellowmotorcycle enthusiasts –which raised £3,500 towards his funeral costs. He leaves his long-termpartner Karen Marie Rendle.


Denis Bu DENIS Jack Bu�OBE passed away peacefully at homewith his children present. Denis lived in Loose formore than 50


yearswhere he and his latewifeDorothea raised their children,Adrian,Helen and Martyn. Heworked at EastMalling Research


Station as a plant pathologist, having studied plant sciences at Exeter and Bristol universities. Married in 1957,Denis andDorothea


spent their first eight years inUganda, EastAfrica, from1958 to 1966whereDenis worked on coffee diseases and prevention.


JimMcCarthy


JAMES “Jim”McCarthy (81) lived in Maidstone formost of his life. Born in Dover, hewas evacuated to Blackpool during thewar before se�ling locally as a boy and a�ending Southborough School. After national service in the FleetAir


Arm, Jimse�led into a career linked to law and a life-long involvement in amateur boxing. Heworked for Sandell Perkins and


Reeds PaperMill but joined the police in his 20s and rose to become a detective.He later became a probation officer,working inwest Kent. Jimwas father to Simon.Hiswife,


Anne, said: “Jimsaid of hismove fromthe police to probation that hewasmuch be�er at saving souls.Hewas verymuch a people person and thatwas shown in many things he did, especially the devotion he showed to amateur boxing. “After retiring fromprobation, he spent


some time as generalmanager of the Amateur BoxingAssociation in Crystal Palace.Hewas always full of jokes and had done some amazing things. Hiswas a lifewell lived” Jimleaves hiswife and son.


There is no charge for our obituary service. CallNeilNixon on 01622 630422 or email neilnixon22@gmail.com Maidstone East March 2019


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