Cliff mad mum loses her bat­tle with breast can­cer

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - By Sam Wil­liams

A beloved mother and grand­mother – who was a mas­sive Cliff Richard fan – has lost her brave bat­tle with can­cer.

Jean Kemp, nee Bliss, died aged 60 on Fe­bru­ary 12, at the Pil­grims Hospice in Can­ter­bury, fol­low­ing her se­cond di­ag­no­sis with breast can­cer last year.

She leaves be­hind chil­dren Jac­que­line, Martin and Katie and grand­chil­dren Chloe, Amelia, Max and Phoebe.

Martin Kemp, 34, from South Ash­ford, said of his mum: “Mum was very strong-willed and would never take no for an an­swer.

“She fought for ev­ery­thing in her life right through to the end.

“I’ve had many say, from peo­ple mum worked with to friends, that when they met mum they just clicked.

“Her wicked sense of hu­mour and per­son­al­ity meant she would take no non­sense from any­one. It’s what they ad­mired the most from mum.

“She made her kids very in­de­pen­dent and did us all proud.

“I re­mem­ber her say­ing the best time of her life was when she was bring­ing us kids up.”

Mrs Kemp, from Folke­stone, worked at Kent County Coun­cil as an ad­min­is­tra­tion as­sis­tant in dis­abled chil­dren’s ser­vice.

She was mar­ried to Derek Kemp for 25 years and they re­mained good friends af­ter they di­vorced, of­ten catch­ing up over lunch.

Martin added: “Mum was very fam­ily ori­en­tated and loved to have fam­ily get-to­geth­ers and also par­ties with friends.

“She was a mas­sive fan of Cliff Richard – the cal­en­dar be­ing the must-buy gift for her at Christ­mas.

“Mistle­toe and Wine was her favourite tune, so ev­ery Christ­mas we will be re­minded of mum when this is played.”

Only last month, Martin raised £6,000 in hon­our of Jean at a grand char­ity ball, held at the Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel.

The party, at­tended by nearly 300 peo­ple, was also or­gan­ised to co­in­cide with Mrs Kemp’s 60th birth­day.

How­ever, she was sadly too ill to at­tend.

Money from the night was split be­tween the Pil­grims Hospices and Can­cer Re­search UK.

Mrs Kemp’s fu­neral will be held at Hawkinge Cre­ma­to­rium, in Aero­drome Road, on Tues­day, March 1 at 2pm.

The fam­ily ask that do­na­tions are given to the Pil­grims Hospices, cour­tesy of Chit­ten­den’s Fu­neral Ser­vice, 1 In­goldsby Road, Folke­stone, CT19 6JJ, or via www.jean.kemp.muchloved. com

Martin Kemp with his mum Jean Kemp and sis­ters Jac­que­line and Katie; Jean was a mas­sive Cliff Richard fan

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