The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust has paid tribute to a long-serving Trustee and friend of the charity who has died at the age of 85.
Robert Neame CBE – generally known as Bobby – was a Life Vice President of the Trust who joined as a Trustee in January 2001 and remained a tireless supporter until his final days.
He was President and former Chairman of Faversham-based Shepherd Neame, Britain’s oldest brewery, and leader of Kent County Council from 1982 to 1984.
Despite his business responsibilities at the head of a thriving brewery, Bobby Neame also found time to serve as High Sheriff of the county in 2001. He was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Kent in 1992 and served as President of Kent Cricket the following year.
“Bobby was tireless in his work for the county and he brought that same commitment and enthusiasm to the Trust,” said Trust Chairman Richard Hunting.
“He had real drive and energy and was very supportive of the Trust and its mission to remember, and raise awareness of, the sacrifices made by the Few in 1940. He will be sadly missed.”
Mr Neame leaves a widow, Yvonne, four children, Charlotte, Jonathan, Sarah and Moray, and nine grandchildren.