Tributes for a parish stalwart

Coun Harry Kenyon
Coun Harry Kenyon
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Tributes have been paid to long serving parish councillor Harry Kenyon, known as the ‘father’ of Catterall Parish Council.

Coun Kenyon served over 20 years with the parish council, only stepping down in February.

He was highly regarded for his community efforts and charity work in Kirkland, Churchtown and the greater Garstang area.

He died on November 9 after a short illness.

Fellow Catterall resident and family friend Canon Ron Greenall, who gave the eulogy at a memorial service at St Thomas’s Church, Garstang, said his service had been a record for the council.

He said: “Harry was a gentleman for whom doing your bit for the community and basic family values were uppermost”

He added his work for Forton Scouts, the extension of Kirkland Memorial Hall, as school governor at St Helen’s CE Primary School and service as parish councilor were an example to all.

He added: “A long serving member of the Probus Club, an active helper with Age Concern, a founder member of Wyre 21 were all aspects of a man who at heart was still a very private person and family man.”

Mr Kenyon served with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in the Far East and finally in Burma during the war.

After he was demobbed he returned to his home in Edenfield and took up a post in the Chief Inspectorate of Electrical and Mechanical Equipment branch of the civil service.

He married his wife Frances in April 1949 and the couple moved to the area where they raised their four children Denise, Peter, Shirley and Roger.

Canon Greenall described Mr Kenyon as a ‘devoted husband, father,grandfather and great-grandfather’ and a man with a great love for travel.

He said: “I will never forget the facts, figures,opinions and printed material he has provided me with for Reverent Reflections over the last two decades.”

A memorial service was held on November 12.

Mr Kenyon also assisted with historical information on the Catterall parish website about the derivation of the name of the village, its history and topography.