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He relocated to Manchester in 1960 & shortly after that to the West Midlands where he was an Assistant Postal Controller Class 1 & later Postal Controller.
The fact that we became a recognised strength at Grantham was due entirely to Ken’s supportive leadership, his planning, inspiration, professionalism, determination and his tact and diplomacy.With the 1992 reorganisation Ken was promoted to Director and General Manager SWSW and moved to Gloucester.He returned to Manchester for his final appointment as DGM Royal Mail NWNW before retiring finally in 1998.Ken was born in Wigan in November 1938 and had two hugely successful careers both which involved things of import to him – people and the post. They benefited from it by enjoying themselves – having a good time – or learning and being better fitted for their jobs.He was a huge character who easily filled a room – and often filled a bar!He enjoyed playing golf and watching rugby – from his local club – Rochdale – to internationals and to league games at his hometown Wigan.
He died on 25 May after a long and painful illness, which he bore with courage and his brave good humour.
Ken did not shy away from the task of taking the Group from the comfort and support of Mill Hill and its postal empathy to the unknown that was Grantham, and being part of a very large TA organisation.
At the same time he had to downsize the Group, from four to three Regiments and take manning from 75 officers and 750 soldiers to 55 and around 550 – and improve military skills!
Ken will be sadly missed by many (who admired and respected him), but none more than Liz and their boys to whom our deepest sympathy goes.
Thanks to Doug Swanson (April 2014) After matriculating Donald joined the Post Office in Wimborne, Dorset & when war broke out he joined the Army while his two brothers served their country in the RAF.
At the time Ken was Director and General Manager Royal Mail South Wales and South West.