For­mer councillor and mag­is­trate dies dur­ing cruise

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Family Announcements - by Sam Len­non slen­non@thek­m­group.co.uk

THE fu­neral of a for­mer mag­is­trate and councillor who died sud­denly, aged 76, will take place next week.

An­thony “Tony” Ed­wards died while on a cruise hol­i­day with his wife of 47 years, Anne.

His fu­neral will take place at Char­ing Cre­ma­to­rium at 11.20am on Tues­day.

Mr Ed­wards, of Ken­ning­ton, died on May 10 af­ter suf­fer­ing a heart at­tack while on a cruise to the Ca­nary Is­lands.

His son Neil said: “In all as­pects of his pub­lic life he is re­mem­bered fondly for his good hu­mour and prag­matic ap­proach.

“He will also be re­mem­bered for his un­stint­ing vol­un­tary work and gen­er­ous na­ture.

“He will be greatly missed as a hus­band, fa­ther, grand­fa­ther and col­league by the many peo­ple that knew and loved him.” He was a Lib­eral councillor for Ash­ford coun­cil’s Ken­ning­ton Lees ward from 1978 to 1987, and be­came an Ash­ford and Ten­ter­den mag­is­trate in 1981.

Mr Ed­wards be­came chair­man of the youth court in 1986 and deputy chair­man of the mag­is­trates’ court in 1993, re­tir­ing from the bench in 2004.

In ad­di­tion, he was chair- man of the board of vis­i­tors of the now closed Ald­ing­ton Prison be­tween 1987 and 1992, and was also gover­nor of Ken­ning­ton’s Tow­ers and Downs View Schools.

Mr Ed­wards was born in London in Fe­bru­ary 1934 and af­ter Na­tional Ser­vice be­came a travel courier in Spain.

He met Anne there and they moved to Ash­ford in 1964, when he worked as a den­tal tech­ni­cian at a High Street surgery.

In 1968, Mr Ed­wards joined the Rim­mel cos­met­ics fac­tory in Carl­ton Road, which his fa­ther Bill founded, stay­ing there for 26 years.

His first vol­un­tary work came in the early 1970s when he was a coun­sel­lor for the Na­tional Mar­riage Guid­ance Coun­cil, now Re­late.

Mr Ed­wards is also sur­vived by his brother Colin, sec­ond son Ian and three grand­chil­dren.

For­mer councillor and mag­is­trate An­thony Ed­wards

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