Vil­lage hall is Ted’s legacy to place he made his home

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OBITUARIES -

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

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