In Memory Of

Councillor Stan Karsten M.B.E.(19th May 1922-9th April 2009 )

By Janet Stracey 2009

Sadly Stan died on April 9th 2009. His funeral took place on April 30th and the chapel at Southend Crematorium, Sutton Road was crowded. Stan had done so much more than we in Hullbridge knew and the mourners were a very good representation of this. He had fought all through the Second World War having joined the Holloway TA Div 216 before moving to the Corps of the Royal Engineers. After the war he had a distinguished career, becoming a station officer in the ambulance service and receiving the M.B.E. for the work he did for the community in which he lived. He was a member of the Rotary Club and was a Freemason.

In 2001 Stan moved to Hullbridge from Leytonstone. As soon as he arrived in Hullbridge, Stan again became involved in community affairs. He joined the Parish Council and became Chairman of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

However, it is as organizer of the Christmas Hampers and as a "Friend of Kendal Park" that Stan is best known. Every year the Parish Council delivers a Christmas hamper to everyone in Hullbridge who is aged eighty or over. Stan didn't need a Committee he did all the work himself. His ability to plan, organize and implement was no better seen when in 2008 he was taken ill before the project was completed he had compiled the list of recipients and their addresses, he had ordered the contents of the hampers and persuaded local tradesmen to supply the fruit and collected 150 blue boxes which were used as the hampers, basically he had done everything apart from putting the hampers together and delivering them, which he had documented for others to follow which made life for them very easy. Needless to say everyone entitled got their Christmas Hamper on time.

Stan had a German Shepherd dog "Sabre" who was almost as big as Stan. In fact people would comment that it was Sabre taking Stan for a walk. Their favourite spot for walking was Kendal Park and whilst there Stan would often be seen picking up litter.

The Parish Council received many donations in memory of Stan and have installed a seat in the Kendal Nature Reserve and have placed a plaque on the village war memorial.

Stan Karsten was an intelligent, amusing, hard working and, above all, a kind man and we shall miss him, but are pleased that his son and family have moved to Hullbridge.