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Farewell to Burton’s former bobby on a bike

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 10, 2014

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A ‘GENTLE giant’ who policed Burton on his bicycle for more than a decade has died at the age of 58.

PC Kevin Gunn was well known in the area as the only bobby to patrol the streets of the town and surrounding villages on two wheels when he was working in the 1980s.

The former chemical engineer became popular for his approachable style during that time, and crowds of children would often gather at his Stapenhill home with their own bikes.

His wife Marcia told the Mail: “He enjoyed policing and he was very happy. I think it was about meeting people for him.

“He always said police should not just be seen as figures of authority, and he had a good rapport with the youngsters.

“We lived in the police house in Clay Street and we always had the youngsters coming round. That was nice.

“He thought that if you sat in a police car you would drive past things and never get to know people, and those things were what he enjoyed.”

Mr Gunn left the police force after 12 years’ service, as national events convinced him that he no longer wanted to be part of the organisation.

Mrs Gunn said she had happy memories of life at the police club.

Mr Gunn then moved to a job ‘on the technical side’ at Ind Coope, and from there took up a job with Synergy.

“He was a self-taught computer whizz, and they used to call him Einstein,” said Mrs Gunn, who met her husband when she was working as a special constable.

The pair, of Fairway, Branston, were married for 33 years.

Mr Gunn also leaves behind two stepsons and a stepdaughter, and nine grandchildren.

Alongside his varied working career, he also cherished spending time in the great outdoors.

He enjoyed birdwatching and loved to walk by the river.

“He was a quiet man. A gentle giant,” said Mrs Gunn.

Mr Gunn died following heart problems and a short battle with cancer.

His funeral took place last week.

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