Tribute to a real stalwart of the community who served in many roles

By Neil Speight

16th Feb 2023 | Tributes

Ken Collins, third from left, with RBL comrades.
Ken Collins, third from left, with RBL comrades.

TRIBUTES have been paid follow the passing of a Thurrock community stalwart who included a variety of roles in his service to the borough over many decades.

Ken Collins

Ken Collins was a driving force in the Thurrock Carnival, organising many events until his final year in 2007 when he decided, at the age of 76, he needed to do less.

But he still kept himself very busy and was involved with Thurrock Neighbourhood Watch and was a prominent fundraiser for the Grays and Thurrock Royal British Legion.

Ken also was a Mason and helped with their fundraising activities.

Maureen Baker, secretary of the Grays Thurrock RBL branch, said: "Ken was an unstoppable force of nature.

"He was a true hero for the work he did for the annual Poppy Appeal, he was always happy to attend stores and events on our behalf and always brought in a great response.

"I know he worked on behalf of a lot of other organisations too.

"He was a lovely man, a great comrade and he will be missed. The condolences of the branch are with his family and close friends."

Ken's last carnival event was in 2007.


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