Former councillor and magistrate dies during cruise
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