Ken Deacon

A Benfleet Librarian

Ken Deacon was a librarian at the South Benfleet Library from the 1940s until his retirement in the 1970s. He is remembered fondly by all who knew him and were lucky enough to have been his friend. During his time at the Library he befriended many locals, who still remember him today as a real character.

Memories of “Old Benfleet”

Ken wrote up his memories of “Old Benfleet” ¬†whilst he worked at the Library and we thank Sue Stevens the library Manager for allowing us to copy this, enabling others to be able to enjoy reading about life in Benfleet in years gone by.

A Moving Tribute

Ken died in December 2005 and at his funeral, held at Woodside Cemetery in January 2006, the Reverend Vincent Canning read a eulogy that tells of a man who was loved and respected within the community. It is a moving tribute to a much respected gentleman.

Ken’s memories of “Old Benfleet” together with the eulogy can be viewed by clicking the links at the bottom of this page.


Mrs June Elmes (far left) and Ken at the new library 1995
Mrs June Elmes
Ken with staff at the new library 1995
Mrs June Elmes
The Old Benfleet Library
Mrs June Elmes
Ken in his younger days c.1941 at approx 30 years old.
With thanks to South Benfleet Library staff.
A transcription of Ken's documented memories of life in Benfleet
A transcription of Ken's documented memories of agriculture in the early 20th century
A transcription of Ken's documented memories of bird watching in the Benfleet area
The Tribute to Ken given at his funeral by Reverend Vincent Canning

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