by Greig Baker
John Simmonds, who served local residents with distinction on Kent County Council for nearly two decades, sadly died last weekend following a long illness.
John was Kent through-and-through. He spent his childhood in Broadstairs and Ramsgate, then moved to Whitstable in 1964 where he lived from then on.
John built a happy marriage of more than 50 years with his late wife Barbara, with children and then grandchildren going to school in Canterbury.
Even before politics, John was always keen to help his local community, once convincing former British heavyweight boxing champion Henry Cooper to come to Whitstable and do some fundraising for local good causes.
After he was elected, John continued to worked for local community projects, supporting village halls, providing play equipment for children across the district, and campaigning for safer roads in our local villages and towns.
He also worked as a governor for two local schools, served on the University of Kent’s Council, and chaired the Whitstable Castle Trust.
John was well-loved among his family and friends – and he was sought after company at the cricket or bridge night. He leaves behind a wonderful legacy.
Greig Baker is chairman of the Canterbury Conservative Association