Village hall is Ted’s legacy to place he made his home
THE funeral of Ted Dedman, a founder member of the St Mary’s Bay Village Hall fund-raisers, who died aged 85, has been held at Charing Crematorium.
His daughter Pat Comber said: “Dad only ever saw the good in people, going out of his way to help others.”
On his retirement in 1981, Mr Dedman and his wife Lily moved to St Mary’s Bay and he involved himself fully in village life.
When the idea of a new village hall was floated he joined the fund-raisers.
Mrs Comber said: “The hall that opened 13 years ago was Dad’s pride and joy. He was determined we would raise the funds to build it and was chairman of its management committee for several years.
“He loved his garden and joined the gardening club, participating in its annual competition in the village hall.
“Children loved his lollipop tree.
“Family parties with Dad were always fun, with games and tricks that he spent hours preparing, shutting himself away so even Mum wouldn’t know about them.”
Mr Dedman will be remem- bered as one of life’s gentlemen, with a sense of humour, showing kindness and a genuine interest in people and the community in which he lived.
As a service engineer for Mollins Machine Company, a manufacturer of cigarette production machines for major tobacco companies, he travelled around the world and met several members of the Royal Family, when he took them on tours of the company.
Mr Dedman died on February 14, leaving his widow Lily, son Brian Dedman and daughter Pat Comber.
Fun-loving Ted Dedman with his famous lollipop tree