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downsmail.co.uk Jane Hughes


THE death of artist and art teacher Jane Hughes (89) was featured in the national press.


Jane’s dedication to art and crafts began as a child, when she was frequently ill with asthma as a result of pollution in Nottingham where her family lived in the 1930s.


Originally from Kent, Jane always retained a love of the countryside, something that was


fuelled by wartime evacuation to live with an aunt in Sutherland in north-west Scotland.


In her teaching career she returned to Kent and worked for a while in Goudhurst, before moving to Bath with her husband Ken.


Ken – who she married in 1954 – died a few days after his wife. Jane leaves her children Timothy,


Edward and Emma, and four grandchildren, Tom, Peter, Oscar and Lily.


Petar Petrov


MAIDSTONE’S Petar Petrov (32) worked for for Amazon as a delivery driver. He died as a result of an accident on the M20 as he returned home after completing his shift on December 8.


Many of his colleagues paid tribute to him, and a Gofundme page was set up, with the proceeds going to Petar's partner Mirela Nikolova.


The page was set up by Desislava


Anadolova, who said: “Petar did not have the opportunity of saying goodbye to his family and loved ones. "This event is leaving us overwhelmed in shock and disbelief. No mother should ever be receiving such news, especially


days before Christmas. We extend our sincere condolences to Petrov’s family and his partner.”


Bernard Mee


THE death has been announced of Bernard Mee of Church Lane, Bearsted. Bernard was an accountant who was also listed as a payroll consultant in the Handbook of the Rotary Club. He served his local branch of the Rotary Club as honorary treasurer and was also an active


member of Bearsted Golf Club. Bernard was also a bell-ringer at the church near his


home, Holy Cross in Bearsted.


Emmaline Booker EMMALINE Booker (105) was a resident of the Ashley Gardens Care Home, Sutton Road.


She was recently the subject of a Downs Mail story concerning her birthday celebrations which involved a tea party, hairdo and online contact with her family. Emmaline – known to many as “Nanny”


– was married to Albert from 1934 to 2010 and a mother of six. She lived in the local area her whole life and worked at different times at Timothy Whites and Kimberley Clarke.


Eddie Potter


EDWIN “Eddie” Potter (83) was born in Cliffe and lived in Larkfield for over 40 years.


Following his apprenticeship at Chatham Dockyard, Eddie worked at Rootes Maidstone, Short Brothers, Blaw Knox and Caradon Celuform, where he was employed as a quality systems manager.


Eddie had a long and happy first marriage to Pearl, who died in 1999. They had two sons, Mark and Darran.


Eddie later met and married Annette, known as De, and they shared 19 very happy years together, with an extended family of four more sons and a daughter, Andrew, Phillip, Sean, Anthony and Michelle. Eddie had


recently recovered from heart surgery, but was taken gravely ill. De said:“Eddie was a quietly-spoken man, respected and admired for his vast practical abilities. He excelled wherever precision was involved. “He was kind and generous, always ready to help anywhere needed. He’ll also be remembered as a keen member of The Kent Model Boat Team, where his beautiful radio-controlled boats were much admired. Eddie built his boats often just from pictures and then researched them to get them just perfect.” Eddie leaves his wife, seven children, their partners, 12 grandchildren and two great-grandsons.


Kevin Geary


KEVIN Geary (66), from Rochester, was a widely-known and admired sports reporter with 32 years of service to the BBC.


He had travelled the world reporting on major events before leaving the BBC in 2011, and had also worked for Sky. He had also reported on local events, and was well- connected with competitors,


organisations and local fans.


Kevin’s son Paddy, also a sports reporter with the BBC, issued


a tribute saying: “Dad was always proud of working for the BBC and made a great many friends there. He was amazing and we will miss him terribly, but we all have so many brilliant memories of him.” Kevin leaves his wife, Nicola Jordan, a respected figure in Kent journalism, their children Paddy, Jack and Jessica, and three grandchildren.


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