Tributes follow death of stalwart

FRIENDS and colleagues have paid tribute to an “inspirational” and respected member of the community following his death.

Stamford AFC chairman Ken Joynson, 84, of Manor Way, Deeping St James, died in Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, on Tuesday three days after a fall at Spalding Tulip Parade.

Retired accountant Mr Joynson had been a part of the football club in Kettering Road, for more than 30 years and was a dedicated fan who always followed the Daniels at both home and away matches.

He also worked hard for eight years as a governor at New College Stamford and had taught at Peterborough Regional College.

Mr Joynson (Lib Dem) had represented Deeping St James on South Kesteven District Council since 1983 and was due to stand in yesterday’s elections. The poll was postponed but must go ahead before June 23.

Mr Joynson, whose wife Ruth died three years ago, is survived by his son Richard

The football club has paid tribute to “remarkable” Mr Joynson.

A statement said: “All at Stamford AFC will miss an inspirational friend and colleague.”

Mr Joynson enjoyed a full and active life despite losing the use of one arm after contracting polio as a child.

He was a keen sportsman in his youth playing a good standard of amateur football in his native Cheshire and later took up marathon running, participating in the first three London marathons.

Non-league football was always a passion for Mr Joynson who at various times supported Warrington Town, Northwich Victoria and Boldmere St Michaels as he moved around the country with his work. He moved to the Market Deeping area in the 1960s.

After many years as a prominent supporter Mr Joynson joined the board of Stamford AFC in 1997 and was appointed chairman in 1999. He continued on the board after stepping down as chairman in 2007 but returned to the chair last summer.

Mr Joynson was a chartered accountant and ran his own practice in Market Deeping. He also taught accountancy at Peterborough College for a number of years.

He had also served the Deeping St James community as a South Kesteven district councillor for 28 years.

He was chairman between 1996 and 1998 and was also the current chairman of the scrutiny committee. Mr Joynson had also been part of the Deeping bypass campaign.

Tribute has been paid to Mr Joynson by colleagues on the council.

Chief executive Beverley Agass: “We were all saddened to hear the news and our thoughts are with his family. Ken was well thought of and respected by everyone. He carried out his role with dignity and integrity and he will be sadly missed.”

Mr Joynson will also be missed by friend Coun Ray Auger (Con), who said: “He was a man I was only too pleased to call my friend.

“It is a great loss to the community.”

Another friend of Mr Joynson’s, Vic Couzens, has also paid tribute.

He said: “He will be greatly missed. He was very good at the football club and did everything he could for the club. He always came to games, both home and away.”