orderForm.noItems Brian Jones

BRIAN Jones (82), of Sutton Valence, died in Surrey on February 11, after slipping on ice and breaking a hip. He then developed complications on the operating table. Born in Leatherhead, Surrey, in 1938, Brian showed an early interest in the Scouting movement and was proud to have been made a Queen's Scout in 1955. The principles behind Scouting, of helping others and public involvement, stayed with him through life. He married a Danish woman in the 1960s, having two children, Karen and Sarah, who along with his grandchildren, were the joy of his life. Sadly, the marriage did not last and he remarried Gladys in 1994. They were together for 27 years. Brian acted as a mentor to the Prince’s Trust, a volunteer for Cruse Bereavement Care after the 7/7 bombings of 2005 and the Bishop Simeon Trust, which helps under-privileged children in South Africa. He was a sidesman at St Mary's Church and did much work in the churchyard, where his bonres were famous. Brian was involved in the youth centre, Scouts and helped out with the Sutton Valence neighbourhood plan. He was a passionate cruiser, having made 165 trips all over the world with Gladys by his side. He and Gladys latterly moved back to Surrey.

Daphne Sutherland

DAPHNE Sutherland (93) lived locally her whole life. She spent about 80 years in Barming after living in Whitmore Street, Maidstone, as a child.

Educated locally, she began working for Kent County Council as a typist when much of the county’s administration was based at Springeld. Daphne married builder Donald “Don” Sutherland in 1952 and the couple raised sons Neil and Hugh.

Hugh said: “Our mother was a full- time housewife. Our father worked for a

building rm and she looked after our home life. “She was dedicated to family life, looking after our grandparents, our father, her boys, and her grandchildren. “People will remember that caring quality, along with her love of gardening, her sense of humour, her laugh and her upbeat and strong personality.” Daphne belonged to a number of local organisations including the Barming Horticultural Society, The Ivy Club and her local Active Retirement group. She was widowed in 1999. and leaves her sons, grandchildren Rory, Kirsty, Murray, Isobel and Thomas and ve great- grandchildren.

Fred Whitemore

FRED Whitemore (79) was a signicant gure in Kent’s Labour movement and a ground-breaker who helped change the political map of the county.

Born to a West Country farming family, Oxford- educated Fred eventually came to Canterbury to teach politics when the campus university opened in 1965. In a part of Kent previously offering little to Labour, Fred

was central to a campaign that delivered the party council control in 1972 and returned a Labour MP in 2017. Fred served on the council, campaigned unsuccessfully for parliament in 1992 and became known throughout Kent as an astute political mind and passionate believer in the values of his party. He also taught many local students

between 1965 and his retirement in 2001. Elected Lord Mayor of Canterbury in 2001 Fred, who was gay, also broke a political mould by bringing in his friend Anne Seller to serve as his lady mayoress. Fred’s nal years also saw him working as a lay member of the Cathedral Chapter in Canterbury and a voluntary guide to Canterbury Cathedral.

Betty Stroud King

BETTY Stroud King, who died in Northampton on April 17, was well known in Maidstone and her home village of Headcorn for her charitable work and links with former men's outtters, Kings of Gabriels Hill.

She devoted many years of loyal service to her village Meals on Wheels operation and was a prominent member of Maidstone Inner Wheel between 1977 and 2009, specialising particularly in the annual charitable lunch. She was the widow of Bobbie who ran the long-standing family outtters with his brother David, who has celebrated his 101st birthday. He has also has just completed a book on the history of the business. Betty is survived by children Jane, Robert and Michael. Donations in her memory can be made to the Cats’ Protection League.

Andy Cause

ANDREW “Andy” Cause (58) was known locally from years in the construction business. He was the owner of two businesses, Trade2Trade Windows and Heritage Home Improvements. Andy, who worked from his base in Strood, was married to Becks and father to Jamie, Laura, Ashleigh, Jessica and

Matt and also a grandfather. Friends and family have paid tribute online and a death announcement stated that “he will be sadly missed by all who knew him”.

Mark Kirtley

THE sudden death has been announced of local painter and decorator Mark Kirtley (53). Mark worked across Kent and the South East

The death announcement noted: “Mark has left a void in our lives. He will be remembered with love.” Mark leaves his family including his mother, brother and two grandchildren.



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