|22 Feb 2021|
Peter was born in Tonbridge on 1st December 1929, near the High Street where his parents had Drapers and Lady’s outfitters shops.
Peter attended The Judd School from 1937 to 1944. On leaving school he completed his national service with the Duke of Wellington Regiment. After this he pursued a career in Fleet Street with Associated Newspapers who published the Daily Mail, Daily Sketch, Evening Standard and the Evening News. He became Director of Personnel and took early retirement in 1986.
Peter’s main interests lay in the field of natural history; he enjoyed the countryside spending many happy hours bird watching. His big passions lay in entomology; particularly beekeeping and studying butterflies and moths. He was actively involved with Kent Beekeepers Association where for several years he was General Secretary and for 21 years he served on the Executive Committee for the National Honey Show where he enjoyed his involvement in arranging the Annual Show.
In 2003 the Kent Messenger newspaper acknowledged his work in raising awareness of the importance of the honeybee in the local environment. For a number of years Peter collated data on various species of moths seen in his garden in Ightham, contributing his information to the Kent Moth Report which was published annually by the Kent Branch of the Butterfly Conservation group.
In February 2020 Peter was delighted to be invited back to The Judd School by Lucy Tipler on behalf of the Old Juddian’s to talk to the members of the Historical Society about his schooling experience during the Second World War. He enjoyed the day and took great pleasure meeting the members and in particular appreciated the consideration shown by the two students who showed him around the school afterwards, this revived and rekindled many pleasant memories for him. The family extends their thanks to Lucy Tipler for making the arrangements and for making this a memorable moment for him.
Peter was first and foremost a family man. He met his wife Patricia Ann whilst working in Fleet Street and they enjoyed 30 happy years of married life until Pat’s untimely death in 1991. Together they raised a family of 5 children.
The family has now expanded to 12 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren, with another 2 great grandchildren expected later this year.
When Peter was recently asked by an enterprising grandson what his best investment had been, his reply of “my family” truly sums up his values. Peter will be greatly missed by family and friends who will treasure their memories of his long and active life.
Peter passed away peacefully on 2nd February 2021.
(Paul Baker and Annie Dean, two of Peter's children)
If you would like to read the earlier story about his experiences at Judd during the war the article can be found here (you need to be logged in to see the photo album)
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