Res­i­dents mourn ‘lovely man who gave all for vil­lage’

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Readers’ Pictures - By Gerry War­ren gwar­[email protected]­m­ @Ger­ry_war­ren

The com­mu­nity in Sturry has been sad­dened by the death of vil­lage stal­wart and for­mer par­ish coun­cil­lor Mau­rice Collingwood.

The pop­u­lar 74-year-old, who spent his en­tire life in the par­ish, re­cently lost a short bat­tle with cancer.

He leaves his wife Stella – with who he would have cel­e­brated his golden wed­ding an­niver­sary in Novem­ber – and daugh­ters Rachel and Ol­wen.

But he also leaves a legacy of com­mu­nity spirit in Sturry where he or­gan­ised and en­cour­aged many ac­tiv­i­ties and ini­tia­tives in­clud­ing the car­ni­val and fun runs.

He also served as a gover­nor at the old Sturry Sec­ondary School.

Par­ish coun­cil chair­man and fam­ily friend Ash­ley Bubb said: “Mau­rice will be sorely missed. He was a lovely man who gave his all for Sturry and re­ally pulled the com­mu­nity to­gether.”

Mr Collingwood’s roots were Welsh and his grand­fa­ther came to Kent to be a sinker at the Chislet Col­liery.

He trained to be a car­pen­ter and joiner and later be­came a lec­turer in con­struc­tion at Can­ter­bury Col­lege. As a young man, he was also a keen foot­baller and crick­eter al­though his sport­ing pas­sion was watch­ing Wales play rugby. He also loved tend­ing his big gar­den.

Mr Collingwood, who lived in Is­land Road, was di­ag­nosed with pan­cre­atic cancer at the end of Septem­ber and died on Jan­uary 10.

His widow Stella praised the Pil­grims Hospice for the sup­port it had given the fam­ily in his fi­nal days.

She said: “We wanted to keep him at home and the hospice nurses were mar­vel­lous. We can’t thank them enough.”

A big turnout is ex­pected at his fu­neral at Sturry Church at 11am on Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 12, which will be fol­lowed by a cre­ma­tion at Barham and a wake at the Golden Lion in Broad Oak.

Mrs Collingwood added: “We are en­cour­ag­ing ev­ery­one to wear some­thing red as that is the colour of the Wales rugby team and there will also be some stir­ring Welsh songs, which Mau­rice would have loved.”

Sturry com­mu­nity stal­wart Mau­rice Collingwood has died

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