John Cubitt, former Gravesham council leader, laid to rest at St George’s Church
PUBLISHED: 13:58 08 September 2017 | UPDATED: 13:58 08 September 2017
Cllr Cubitt died aged 75 after a long battle with illness
Mourners gathered at St George’s Church in Gravesend on Friday morning for the funeral of former council leader John Cubitt.
Described as “inspirational” by his colleagues, the 75-year-old died on August 11 following a long battle with illness.
His son, Tom Cubitt read Max Ehrmann’s Desiderata to the service, while his brother Mike read from the Gospel, John 14:1-6, aloud.
Other contributors to the beloved council leader’s funeral were his daughter, Beth Bone, Gravesend Rugby Club’s Peter Fitzell, Clive Taylor, a previous president of Gravesend and Meopham Rotary Club, of which Cllr Cubitt was a founding member, and David Hughes, chief executive of Gravesham Borough Council.
Mr Hughes had previously described the father, brother and husband as an “exemplary leader”, adding: “He was unfailingly kind and supportive to those who worked for the borough council at all levels and he was undoubtedly held not only in esteem but genuine affection. He will be sorely missed.”
Aside from council duties, the former Meopham North ward councillor was a lifelong member of Gravesend RFC, playing for the club for 35 years, and a trustee to both the Henry Pinnocks Charity and Elizabeth Huggins Cottages Charity,
Earlier this year the councillor of 10 years stepped down from his leadership roles due to ill health, passing on the reins to David Turner.
Cllr Turner, who first met the former leader in his sporting days, said: “I will remember him as a large man in all respects; a powerful rugby player and a significant servant of the community, with tenacity when seeking to deliver quality - but always sensitive to the feelings of those he work with: Always forgivnig and always displaying a warm and endearing personality.”
Fellow cabinet member Jordan Meade had said at the time of Cllr Cubitt’s death: “John will be hugely missed by many, not only for his commitment to public life and the support and mentorship that he offered to young people like me, but for his immeasurable friendship and for his sheer willingness to give young people a chance.
“I am privileged to have had the chance to work with John, he was an inspirational leader, a real gentleman and above all, a virtuous friend.”
His body was committed at Gravesend Crematorium, with a wake held at The Woodville.