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PUBLISHED: 16:20 09 December 2009 | UPDATED: 11:18 23 August 2010

TOGETHER: Raymonde and Clive Collins

TOGETHER: Raymonde and Clive Collins

A 66-YEAR-OLD Conservative councillor who served the community for 18 years has died from cancer. Gravesham Borough councillor Raymonde Collins, of Carters Hill Lane, Culverstone, died on Sunday at the Ellenor Lions Hospice. Mrs Collins, who was diagnos

A 66-YEAR-OLD Conservative councillor who served the community for 18 years has died from cancer.

Gravesham Borough councillor Raymonde Collins, of Carters Hill Lane, Culverstone, died on Sunday at the Ellenor Lions Hospice.

Mrs Collins, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 20 months ago, represented the Meopham South and Vigo Ward at Gravesham Borough Council since 1991.

A well-known and popular figure and campaigner in the community, she helped out at the Culverstone Community Centre, sat on the parish council at Culverstone and was also on the board of governors at the village school.

He husband of 33 years Clive Collins said: "She was the sort of lady that just wanted to help everybody, she was always thinking about others.

"She achieved so much, did a lot of great work in the community and she was known by so many different people.

"Ray was a determined person and tried to make her way in a man's world, which isn't easy. It is such a shock when your wife goes. She was a young 66 and we did so much together."

Mrs Collins is survived by husband Clive, her five sons and a daughter, 12 grand children and one great grandchild.

Chief executive of Gravesham Borough Council Glyn Thomson said: "Councillor Collins was a tireless member who was much respected for her work on behalf of people in her ward.

"She will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time."

The funeral has been arranged for next Wednesday at Medway Crematorium at Bluebell Hill at 2pm.

l The family has requested that donations to Cancer Research UK, or EllenorLions Hospice, are sent to Lewis Solomon Funeral Service, 19 Darnley Road, Gravesend Kent DA11 0RZ.

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