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Loose pays tribute to woodsman Roy Hood at his funeral at All Saints

06 January 2014
by Alan Smith

The coffin arrives at All Saints Church

The coffin arrives at All Saints Church

There was standing room only in All Saints Church in Loose on Friday as the village turned out to bid farewell to a local legend.

Around 350 mourners filled the church for the funeral service of Roy Hood.

Mr Hood, who died three weeks ago, was a father figure to the village, where he had lived his entire 83 years in Church House, immediately opposite All Saints.

The service was conducted by the Rev Steve Price, with tributes from Mr Hood’s son-in-law Duncan Edwards, daughter Gill Rogers, the chairman and clerk of Loose Parish Council, Vianne Gibbons and Jan Capon, and the chairman of the Kent Men of Trees, Alun Griffiths.

Mr Edwards described his father-in-law as a man ”who never compromised. He always did the job right.” His had been “a life well led.”

Mrs Rogers said her father had been a perfectionist, which had its drawbacks, with his renovation of the family home continuing over many decades and still unfinished.

In fact, she said, thinking perhaps that he had more time left than he did, Mr Hood still had many projects under way when he died. She said: “It is up to each one of us now to continue what he started.”

Mr Hood never strayed far from Loose and only once had his family managed to persuade him to go abroad - to Holland, where naturally he had been most interested in that country’s mills.

Roy Hood in typical pose

Roy Hood in typical pose

Mr Hood had founded the Loose Amenities Association 60 years earlier, but he also served as a Loose parish councillor for over 40 years.

Cllr Gibbons said the village was mourning the loss of “such a valuable and highly respected gentleman.”

Mr Griffiths said Mr Hood had spent his entire life with trees. He had planted them, pruned them, felled them and crafted their timber in numerous ways.

He said: “Roy was a genuine woodsman whose knowledge was unsurpassed. He would be sadly missed, both as a member (of the Kent Men of Trees) and as a friend.”

In his eulogy, Mr Price said Mr Hood’s name had been synonymous with trees and synonymous with the village of Loose. His contribution to village life had been ceaseless, from running the All Saints youth fellowship six decades earlier, to many numerous individual acts of kindness such as digging a gully to help protect a resident new to the village from flooding.

He said Mr Hood has been passionate about defending Loose “from the ceaseless advance of the developers” and had “doggedly fought every planning application.”

He said: “Roy was a caring and selfless man.”

Mr Edwards said Mr Hood’s legacy was “his single-minded love of the village.”

Mr Hood is survived by his wife Rita, four children and eight grandchildren.

The village pays its respect

The village pays its respect

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