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Tributes to ‘leading light’ former chairman

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 29, 2014

29/05/14 tribute to ken clarke Tribute to Ken Clarke

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THE family of a former councillor has paid tribute to the ‘leading light’ who loved meeting new people.

Ken Clarke became a councillor in Winshill and later Stapenhill before twice taking on the role of chairman of what was East Staffordshire District Council, and became an Alderman.

Mr Clarke passed away peacefully in his sleep at Charlotte James care home, in Shobnall Road, aged 85, following a series of strokes.

Andrew Clarke said of his father: “He was very active and loved going out and meeting people.

“If you went to any restaurant with him within a 30 mile radius he would always see someone he knew.”

It was his love of socialising and helping people that led him into the world of politics in the 1970s.

The council has also paid tribute to their former chairman, saying: “Alderman Clarke was a leading light at the council during the 1980s. Colleagues, who can remember him, remember him fondly.”

Born in Stanton Road, Stapenhill, on August 4, 1928, Mr Clarke went to Guild Street school, leaving to join Lloyds as an office junior and studied accountancy at a night school. He later went to work for Condor when it was at Peel House and became a steel buyer.

He set up businesses in the late 1960s later providing janitorial supplies for businesses including the breweries.

He always supported many charities and was chairman of The Lions, president of Trentside Cricket Club, was involved in freemasonry, as well as Burton Rugby Club.

The rugby club has also paid tribute saying: “An active member for many years, serving on both the general committee and promotions committee, and although we haven’t seen him in recent years due to his health, Ken is remembered fondly at Peel Croft.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Sheila and their family at this very sad and difficult time.”

The funeral will be held at 10.30am on Tuesday, at Bretby Crematorium.

No flowers but donations can be made to Marie Curie Cancer Care and Friends of Fountains Federation with cheques payable to J Hylton & Sons Donations Holding Account, 32 St Peter’s Street, Stapenhill, Burton, DE15 9AW.

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