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Cllr Ken Joynson

May 12, 2011 7:59 AM

An obituary written by Bryan Lee for Ken Joynson

'Ken Joynson is dead'. As often as I say the words the
meaning will not sink in because he was indestructible; when I do believe I
suppose the grieving will start. Ken and I met in September 1973 at the re creation
of the Liberal Party in Stamford, a euphoric political moment. He had just
stepped down as Senior Lecturer in Accounting in Peterborough College and was
creating the audit procedure for the Member Societies of the Building Societies
Association. That is something that will outlive him; even in our IT world the
same disciplines must be obeyed.

He continued lecturing specialist groups, every local Bank
and Building Society Manager for the next 20 years would know Ken, as would the
treasurers of countless charitable and political organisations.

Stamford Town FC was lucky to have Ken as Chairman, for
football was central to his life - coming from the Wirrall it is not
surprising. He conned me to join him in Five a Side, only once, it nearly
killed me.

All this energy, both intellectual and physical, somehow
disguised the fact that Ken was profoundly handicapped. At age 7 he was struck
down with Polio and lost the use of his right arm, that he was naturally right
handed remained evident all his life. Watching him writing was hard to bear
because I knew that I could not do half as well left handed. Even his wife
Ruth's death did not change the pace at which he attacked life.

Where will I find again his particular wisdom? Where, in
fact, will our local society access such good sense freely given? He was great
to have a beer with, debate with, disagree with, watch sport with and seek
advice from. He will be sorely missed.

Bryan Lee

President, Grantham & Stamford Liberal Democrats

11 May 2011