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In 2010 Dover Town Council awarded the Freemanship of Dover to:John Turnpenny
John H Turnpenny, 87-year-old retired businessman and a long-serving member of The Dover Society, has played a major role in the life of the town over the last 60 years.
He was also chairman of the board of visitors at Dover Borstal from 1976 to 1980 while he served on the board from 1959-1981. He was chairman of the St Alphege Trust from 1984-1987, is a trustee of the Dubris Trust that provides finance for deserving Dover students going on to university and was a trustee of the Herald Disaster Fund for two years from 1987. He was a general commissioner of Income Tax and over the years up to 1994 served the Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club as honorary secretary, honorary treasurer and trustee. He was a worshipper at Dover's St Mary's Church where he has served on the church council.
John died in October 2011.
Turnpenny family's shop
Lilian TURNPENNY has died at the age of 108, at Kearsney Manor Nursing Home on Sunday. Her son John said he believed she was the oldest person in the County of Kent.
Mrs TURNPENNY had lived in Dover for over 100 years and attended the Dover County school (later to become the Boys Grammar). She had a degree from Bedford College, London, and married Sydney TURNPENNY of the Dover furniture company in London Road. In 1937, they had shops at 2-5 London Road, 7,0 Bridge Street and 45-53 High Street.They had two children, John (now 78) and Suzanne three years older. She was born Lilian VASS, of Scottish parents in Ireland on St Valentine's Day 1893.
Funeral service will be held at Barham Crematorium on Monday.
(From East Kent Mercury July 19 2001 page 5:
Announcement of death of Dover's oldest inhabitant:)
Video clip of the Freemanship of Dover awarded