1945 – 2020
Phil and Ken joined our church soon after they settled in Mucklestone in 2014 and have been active members from the beginning. Ken was a retired accountant so it was not long before we sought his skills as our treasurer. Typically he agreed immediately and we soon came to appreciate his clear and succinct reports peppered with his characteristic wry comments. His deep Christian faith, wisdom, clear-sightedness and humour brought many benefits to our church leadership team. Ken also served us efficiently and cheerfully as a church steward. He and Phil have been inspirational members of the fundraising committee for our new organ and AV system and contributed much value to our Bible study fellowship discussions.
In 2020, they celebrated fifty years of happy and devoted companionship in marriage. They had planned to hold a great party for all their many friends but Covid 19 put a stop to that. They were lucky enough to enjoy the holiday of a lifetime in India just before we were all locked down and before the disease hit that part of the world.
A great deal of loving care was invested in their charming cottage where a warm welcome was always assured. Ken kept a well-stocked wine store which he enjoyed sharing with his guests. Phil can be guaranteed to provide an excellent meal in accompaniment. Over the summer, Ken used his time in lockdown to repave their wide patio and paths. This delightful garden has given them great pleasure, a lovely backdrop for entertaining friends to outdoor suppers.
Ken was the sort of friend one could always ask for help, confident that if he possibly could he would, regardless of cost to himself in time or anything else. He will be greatly mourned by many in this neighbourhood and in their previous residences, Helsby, southern Spain and the home counties. We can be totally confident that he is now in the arms of his Saviour having been a good and faithful servant, an outstanding example of steadfast faith and Christian principles.