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Bert Cooper 1923 - 2014

L&BRT Kent member Bert Cooper passed away, after a short illness, on 11 January.

Born in Lewisham, Bert spent much of his working life in Devon where he ran his own building, painting and decorating business in the early 1950s, living at the time in the large house (now Chelfham House - a residential care home) adjacent to Chelfham Station. It was here that he developed a lifelong passion for the railway then on his doorstep, and even after retiring to Dartford, Kent, he continued working tirelessly in support of the railway, forming the North Kent Group in 2002.

Always a practical man, Bert was single-handedly responsible for the restoration of the first original L&B wheeled vehicle to return to Woody Bay - a platform trolley that had been rediscovered in a Lynton garage - now a feature of the platform luggage display. Bert was a regular visitor to North Devon, staunchly supporting numerous fundraising schemes for the Trust. He was also a shareholder in Exmoor Associates.

Bert - whose wife of 70 years, Dora, passed away in June - was one of a group of Kent members who visited the Great Yeldham Open Day, in November, and was very supportive of the recently re-awakened Kent Group, which he was keen to help get off the ground.

Bert in earnest discussion with Charles Summers at Great Yeldham, on 2nd November 2013


Bert's family, in particular Colin and Annette, who are both Trust members, have asked for donations in his memory to be made to the L&B via Dartford Funeral Services.

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