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Founder of firm dies

PUBLISHED: 16:42 13 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:23 23 August 2010

THE founder of a well-known solicitors firm has died at the age of 95. Tom Church, who set up what is now Church Bruce Hawkes Brasington and Phillips in 1936, died two days before Christmas. Mr Church was born in Northfleet, and lived in Essex Road, Gra

THE founder of a well-known solicitors firm has died at the age of 95.

Tom Church, who set up what is now Church Bruce Hawkes Brasington and Phillips in 1936, died two days before Christmas.

Mr Church was born in Northfleet, and lived in Essex Road, Gravesend, from 1953. He acted as Gravesham Borough Coroner and Deputy County Court Registrar following his retirement.

The former solicitor was a keen sportsman, playing cricket for Gravesend Cricket Club's Wednesday Team at the Bat and Ball, golf at Mid Kent Golf Club. In his youth he was an enthusiastic racing driver, winning the MCCs Land's End Trial and competing in the RAC First International Rally of Great Britain in 1951.

He was also life vice-president of Gravesend Rugby Football Club and a keen supporter of Northfleet United Football Club.

During the Second World War, Mr Church served with distinction with the Royal Corps of Signals as a lieutenant, seeing action in North Africa and Italy.

He is survived by his son Tony. The funeral is due to take place at Christ Church at 11.45am today.


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