Dean Harding - Book of Condolence

2nd March 2024

Dean Harding - Book of Condolence

Following the sad passing of County Commissioner, Dean Harding, on Wednesday 28th February 2024, we would like to invite any one who wishes to leave a message for his family and friends to do so here in the comment section below.

"As we mourn the loss of a respected colleague and personal friend, let us remember Dean for the joy, fun, and inspiration he brought to our Scouting community. His absence will be keenly felt, but his legacy will undoubtedly endure. His passion for Lower Grange Farm and Scouting across Kent knew no bounds." - Des Harris

Comments

Taken far too soon! You will never be forgotten.
Our condolences to Alison and all the family. Dean had the vision, passion and enthusiasm to make projects happen for the benefit of all across the age ranges in Gillingham Scouting.
We will miss our regular chats and late night/early morning emails!
It's your time to rest Dean, sleep well.

Maureen And Alan Billinghurst - 29th March 2024 at 12:08pm

To misquote Jane Austen “If we missed you less, we might be able to talk about it more.” Put simply, we still expect you to come through the office door, sit on the steps, and cause chaos!

Alison, Jade, Jane And Lynne - The County Office Team - 27th March 2024 at 8:16pm

Dean was one of the kindest, most humble, funny, positive and inspiring people I have ever met. He believed in me even when I didn't. A huge loss to his family, friends, Scouting, Kent and the world. I will always treasure his memory and try to live up to the standards he demonstrated.

Mark Lawrence - 26th March 2024 at 9:41am

Dean was an inspiration to me and to everyone who ever had the joy of meeting him. His kind heart and considerate nature are second to none. Never will anyone else be able to match the impact Dean had on my life. He helped me make some of my toughest decisions in life and he supported me In every walk of life. Not just scouting. I could never asked for a better leader throughout my many scouting years. May his soul RIP

Louis Church - 25th March 2024 at 11:39pm

Dean you have done so much for Scouting in Kent not just for the youth but for use Leaders as well. I remember helping out at lots of different County event over the years it didn't matter what you were doing you always came over and ask "how's things going" you always had time. My thoughts are with you all at such a sad time. RIP Dean.

Adele Govett - 25th March 2024 at 10:17pm

I have today learned that your amazing light has gone out from this world and am in shock at the sad loss this is to everyone who knew you and the many lives you touched. To Dean’s family… I had the privilege of volunteering with Dean when I was Chief Commissioner for England and we had many stories to tell from that time. I’m sending huge amounts of love in your direction. Know that he made a difference to so many and that his legacy will live on xx

Alex Peace-Gadsby - 25th March 2024 at 6:45pm

Dean was an inspiration to me and to everyone who ever had the joy of meeting him. His kind heart and considerate nature are second to none. Never will anyone else be able to match the impact Dean had on my life. He helped me make some of my toughest decisions in life and he supported me In every walk of life. Not just scouting. I could never asked for a better leader throughout my many scouting years. May his soul RIP

Louis Church - 25th March 2024 at 5:04pm

Dean, you were an inspiration to so many people. Your dedication to Scouting was incredible and your energies, passion and enthusiasm will live in our memories. This little guiding light of mine, I’m gonna to let it shine. Rest in Peace Dean. Much love x

Cath Kirkpatrick - 25th March 2024 at 3:14pm

Today we say our final goodbyes to our friend, scouting colleague and true gentleman. Dean Harding it has been a true honour knowing and working with you. From the moment you organised KIJ09 you truly changed my life… meeting my husband there and having now having a wonderful family that to be fair you take credit for getting us together (I’m not going to argue that one now!) for that I am truly greatful! ❤️
It’s been a pleasure seeing you mould Gillingham Scouts and Kent Scouts into what it is today, your Scouting Family will keep doing you proud! ⚜️
Your wonderful family have also done you so proud and not only have they lost the most important person to them they have allowed others to share you for all their life taking Scouting into everything. From showing Tesha off to the world at her first KIJ to telling me that your grandchildren have become Squirrels and will grow up to be our next generation of Scouters. You would always ask about my boys and with a hug you once said to me “you’re doing a good job with them!” As they ran around being loopy at scout event!

All I can say is Thank you Deano!

May you enjoy your adventures up there with all the others we’ve known over the years and keep looking down on us!

Zoe Gill - 25th March 2024 at 1:53pm

Such a huge loss. Dean had a deep enthusiasm and passion for Scouting. My thoughts and prayers are with Dean's family at this sad time.

Nigel Smetham - 25th March 2024 at 10:36am

Dean you were my first senior volunteer that I worked with at Scouts HQ. I joined as a staff member as P&D Adviser for the Scout section and you were the Scout commissioner. Your guidance and support echoed right through my 10 year career and I always enjoyed catching up with you at events. Your smile and enthusiasm shone so brightly that I was always able to clock you from a distance. It’s been a pleasure to know you and I know your legend will live on in the hearts of many.

Bianca Cole - 25th March 2024 at 9:38am

We are both so shocked to hear this extremely sad news.
Saffron will always remember her scouting days with Dean and she never forgets the time when Dean helped her when she got really wet. Whenever we saw Dean, he always had a smile on his face. Dean's inspired many people and given them confidence and courage.
Thinking of Dean's family, friends and Scouting family. Rest in peace Dean

Louise And Saffron - 25th March 2024 at 8:15am

Today we say our final goodbyes to our friend, scouting colleague and true gentleman. Dean Harding it has been a true honour knowing and working with you. From the moment you organised KIJ09 you truly changed my life… meeting my husband there and having now having a wonderful family that to be fair you take credit for getting us together (I’m not going to argue that one now!) for that I am truly greatful! ❤️
It’s been a pleasure seeing you mould Gillingham Scouts and Kent Scouts into what it is today, your Scouting Family will keep doing you proud! ⚜️
Your wonderful family have also done you so proud and not only have they lost the most important person to them they have allowed others to share you for all their life taking Scouting into everything. From showing Tesha off to the world at her first KIJ to telling me that your grandchildren have become Squirrels and will grow up to be our next generation of Scouters. You would always ask about my boys and with a hug you once said to me “you’re doing a good job with them!” As they ran around being loopy at scout event!

All I can say is Thank you Deano!

May you enjoy your adventures up there with all the others we’ve known over the years and keep looking down on us!

Zoe Gill - 25th March 2024 at 6:49am

Although long gone, those days at school, the memories remain vivid as if it were yesterday. The chalk and chalk board rubber flew many a time in you direction but you always took everything in your Dean way ❤️ An infectious smile that lit the room and a fantastic sense of humour. Truly missed xxx Jess

Jess Turner-Murrell - 24th March 2024 at 9:24pm

Truly shocked and saddened by news of Dean's death. Dean was always challenging the status quo with the aim of developing all young people, both within and outside of Scouting, always questioning ideas and changes to ensure that they would move us all towards improvements. Many grateful memories.

Martin Whiting - 22nd March 2024 at 3:49pm

Your dedication to Scouting was incredible and your mark will be forever left in Kent Scouts. It is an unbelievable loss and my thoughts are with your family.

Andrew Woods \"Woodsy\" - 22nd March 2024 at 12:57pm

It was a privilege and a pleasure to know Dean.
His commitment and passion for Scouting was outstanding, and he would always go above and beyond to enable anyone to access Scouting whether young or old.

Dean's loss will have an impact across Scouting in Kent for a long time.

Thinking of his family, friends and Scouting family at this time.

Nicola Dean - 22nd March 2024 at 11:43am

Very sad news, and such a loss to Kent Scouts, Our thoughts and prays are with his family and friends at this sad time.

Kevin - 21st March 2024 at 1:12pm

Someone we all looked up to such a great leader and friend and he always had time for you RIP Dean

John Talbot - 20th March 2024 at 9:53am

Working with Dean and seeing his vision for Scouting in the county was a privilege. His enthusiasm was infectious and his energy immense. My condolences to his family and his scouting friends.

Stephanie Ovens - 18th March 2024 at 10:23pm

Bud it’s been my privilege knowing you since 1982 and a honour to say that we have been friends for so long. Dean a truly exceptional man even saint like, never wanting anything for himself always to busy putting others first and looking after there needs no matter what especially the 4 Beautiful women in his life ♥️ and them scouts but not sure if it was always in that order. If only we had a few more Deans in this world O my god what a truly wonderful world it would be…love u mate

Parm - 18th March 2024 at 9:18pm

It is such sad news. My thoughts go to Dean's family at this time.

Robert - 18th March 2024 at 8:52pm

Dean, you said to me last summer that we hadn't always seen eye-to-eye, but you valued and respected my input to Scouting over the last 20 years and thanked me for my service. I agreed with you, and said that life was too short to dwell on the past, and that I respected you for your incredible commitment to Scouting, especially local. Without your efforts I have no doubt that lower Grange Farm would not exist as the facility we see today, and Gillingham Scouting would be nowhere near as healthy. We both parted happy, and genuinely respectful. I cannot believe how literal my words turned out to be - I have a truly heavy heart at your untimely early passing. I can only pray for Alison and your family that they find comfort, safe in the knowledge that you have left a tremendous legacy and helped deliver so much joy and enjoyment to so very many young people, whose lives you undoubtedly touched either directly or through your Leadership of others. Rest well.

Mike Dowsett - 18th March 2024 at 1:51am

James and I met Dean when we volunteered for the Kent County Show. His enthusiasm to Scouting was infectious.
Scouting in Kent is a poorer place without you.
YNWA
Thanks

Fiona & James Wilkinson - 1st Whitstable - 17th March 2024 at 12:44pm

James and I met Dean when we volunteered for the Kent County Show. His enthusiasm to Scouting was infectious.
Scouting in Kent is a poorer place without you.
YNWA
Thanks

Fiona & James Wilkinson - 1st Whitstable - 16th March 2024 at 7:29am

Dean was a very dedicated Scout who always put others first. We was very committed to the scouting ethos in everything he did and he certainly packed a lot into his time with us. He touched the lives of so many, from the youngest to the less young in his cheerful, smiling congenial way. Thank you Dean for the tremendous support you gave us all.
My sincere and heartfelt condolences go out to his personal family as well as the wider Scouting community. He will be a very hard act to follow.

Peter Barnes - 16th March 2024 at 5:19am

I can't think of a time that Dean wasn't around in a role somewhere in Scouting in my
28 years as BSL of 4th
Gillingham Scout Group.
Dean will be sorely missed by
everyone that were involved
with Scouting throughout his
Scouting journey. My daughter
Stephanie wishes also to pay
tribute to Dean's support that
he gave to her, enabling her
despite being a wheelchair
user to be included in all aspects of Scouting. Our hearts go out to Alison and the family. Dean was a role model for all.

Rosalind (Roz) Thorpe - 14th March 2024 at 9:23am

Such sad news. New Dean for many years will be sadly missed. Sending love to all his family.

Sandy Paynter 22nd Gillingham. Such Sad News New Dean For Many Years He Will Be Sadly Missed He Always Made A Point Of Coming Up To Me And Asking About My Daughter Sharon As They New Each Other From Scouting Sending Love To All His Family Rest In Peace. - 12th March 2024 at 3:45pm

Such sad news. New Dean for many years will be sadly missed. Sending love to all his family.

Sandy Paynter 22nd Gillingham. Such Sad News New Dean For Many Years He Will Be Sadly Missed He Always Made A Point Of Coming Up To Me And Asking About My Daughter Sharon As They New Each Other From Scouting Sending Love To All His Family Rest In Peace. - 12th March 2024 at 12:52pm

Dean, your energy and enthusiasm for Scouting shone through in so many ways - upholding the true Scouting values whilst embracing change for today. You were always there to help and advise, nothing was too much trouble. Thank you for your guidance when I needed it. Your legacy will live on through Scouting and beyond, giving young people fantastic experiences they may not otherwise have had.
My deepest thoughts are with Alison and all your family at this difficult time.
Dean, Rest in Peace

Sylvia Gill - 12th March 2024 at 11:06am

Condolences to Dean's family and friends from all at 5th Northfleet Scout Group. Deans enthusiasm was infectious and reading the other entries he has had such an impact on many people. He is a great loss.

Andrew Treadwell - 12th March 2024 at 10:32am

Condolences to his family and his friends

Carson Loveless - 12th March 2024 at 3:50am

My condolences to Alison, the family and his many friends. Such a sad loss that happened far too soon. He contributed so much to Scouting in Kent in so many ways and will be greatly missed but will be remembered for all his that he achieved.
Tony Hogben

Tony Hogben - 11th March 2024 at 10:31am

He was a good man, who gave so much to scouting in so many different roles over a lot of years, most recently as county commissioner for Kent. He will be sorely missed, but remembered with affection.
From everyone at Sandwich St George's Scout Group

Mark Little - 11th March 2024 at 10:30am

All of us have hundreds of memories of adventures throughout scouting with Dean. The skills he taught us, will guide us throughout our lifes. We are forever greatfull for all the opportunities he made possible. Our thoughts are with his family.

Rest in Peace

Shannon, Kerry, Caitlin, Connor - 1st Gillingham - 10th March 2024 at 7:20pm

Hearing this sad news of Dean passing was such a shock my Hart goes out to deans wife and family I have been in scouting since I was a little cub myself and staying in scouting now as a leader I have always known Dean to be a big part
He had such passion in everything he did great leadership and most of respect and love from everyone,everything he did he always put 110% in and did a wonderful job he will be truly missed and will be very strange not seeing about
Plus seeing him come in to where i work and always saying hello and having banter to
Rip Dean you was a kind and caring man and is a massive loss to everyone that knew him

Dave Shelley - 10th March 2024 at 12:29pm

Such sad news, Dean welcomed me into his Explorer troup with open arms. Thinking of all Dean's family during this difficult time. Rest in peace Dean, gone but not forgotten.

Leanne Wainwright - 10th March 2024 at 12:25pm

Dean, I have not known you for too long only being a cub leader in the district for about 6 years, but when we have met at various events , you have always called me across as a friendly and enthusiastic person and I know you have served the district and scouting as a whole with passion and pride.
My thought me are with your family and friends and you will be missed by all
Rest in Peace Dean
Alex and Ro Brown 8th Gillingham

Alex Briwn - 10th March 2024 at 12:25pm

Dean,

It has been an absolute please to have had you as part of my live for in excess of 25 years.

I first met you as a young and little Scout and you were the Leader of our “rivals”, we were the 8th you were the 1st! However, that never seemed to matter to you, you just wanted to the best for us all and would take the time to ensure we all succeeded as best we could (well, apart from at football tournaments!)

As I grew up, our paths seemed to constantly cross, you even got me in trouble as a 16 year old but pulling me out of the girls tent on my Silver DofE expedition!

As a Leader, we didn’t always see eye-to-eye but you always pushed me to speak my mind and fight for my right to be heard, you always challenged me and I respected you so much for that. I’ve loved being part of your various teams, from the County Scout Team to the District Leadership Team, we have been together for pretty much all of my years as a Leader. I’m really struggling to see a future where we are not working together.

Over the years we have developed a really good friendship, knowing that I could always rely on you, not only in Scouting but outside of it as well, your wisdom is going to be sorely missed.

The 8th Gillingham Scout Group has been able to join so many fantastic events in Gillingham under your Leadership and further more in Kent too, whilst your support for me has also allowed the Scout Group to flourish. For that I will be eternally grateful.

My thoughts are with you and with your family at this awful time. However, we will keep your legacy going and everything you have worked for will not be forgotten.

For me, there seems to be only one fitting way to sign this off:

“Let’s Dream, Let’s Believe, Let’s Achieve…Let’s Scout!”

Robert Gill (Gilly To You!) - 10th March 2024 at 8:50am

Such sad and tragic news. Dean will be a huge loss to Kent Scouting, a truly inspirational leader, Sending our heartfelt condolences to Dean's family and friends. Gone Home too soon. 14th Broadstairs Scout Group

Karen Cross - 10th March 2024 at 7:42am

There are not enough words to describe how incredible Dean was. He supported, encourage and believed in our team as individuals to make us a whole. He shared his "blue sky thinking" for the future of LGF and helping more and more young people have amazing experiences and adventures. I promise to carry the mantle in making his dream happen.

Sammy Butler-Hession - 09th March 2024 at 7:48pm

Such a shock and sad news for everyone who knew Dean and his family. Scouting has lost a Leader dedicated to the core at what he believed in.
When I think of Dean and all the good things that he has done for Scouting in Kent it reminds me of the words below from the mouth of Baden Powell - albeit that as a movement we have moved on to Scouting for all - these words below remind me of Dean and how young people respected and looked up to him .
"A boy is naturally full of humour" "if you make listening and observation your occupation, you will gain much more than you can by talk" " The Scoutmaster guides the boy in the spirit of an older brother"
Your Scouting family will miss you.
RIP Dean

Rose Mears On Behalf Of 7th Halstead \'Sevenoaks\' Scout Group - 09th March 2024 at 6:57pm

Rest easy Dean. May your name and legacy last for generations and through the ages in the scouting world and beyond. The opportunities and experiences had with you were undoubtably the best part of my childhood. Skills that have carried through into adult life, who knew I’d still remember my knots when going my boat course. Y.N.W.A

Mark Jackson - 09th March 2024 at 5:55pm

RIP Dean
You were an inspirational person and done so much for many people. You were the soul of scouting and will be missed by many. Thank you for all you done for me. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for you helping me along the way. Your legacy will always live on within scouting.

Beth Ribbens - 09th March 2024 at 5:25pm

Such a sad loss for everyone. He will be missed by everyone in Scouting. Gone too soon .

Jane Jones - 09th March 2024 at 3:15pm

We were shocked and deeply saddened to hear the news about Dean’s passing. Dean was such a strong and enthusiastic supporter of Explorers (and Scouts in general) in Malling and across Kent. His advice, wisdom and inspiration have helped to drive forward Explorers across the County and encourage hundreds of adults to offer new opportunities and experiences to so many young people.

Dean was a strong advocate for Top Awards for Explorers, in particular DofE, which he supported heavily both within Kent Scouts and externally. His enthusiasm and desire to see more young people across Kent completing the awards was inspiring and it wasn’t that long ago that we had discussions about how we can take that forward across the County. His legacy will live on in the opportunities that teenagers across Kent have to take part in Explorers and complete their Top Awards.

Our deepest thoughts go out to Dean’s family and friends at this tough time. Dean, you will be missed!

Matt Paramor, On Behalf Of Malling Explorers - 08th March 2024 at 8:45am

So shocked and saddened to hear the news. Dean, you were a key part of the South East team and will be greatly missed. Thank you for all your support and advice.
Thoughts with your family and all in Kent Scouts at this sad time. Rest in peace.

Wendy Tatham (CC Oxfordshire) - 07th March 2024 at 11:03pm

When I heard the sad news I was so shocked and saddened, and am sorry for the huge loss you are suffering right now. Apart from being a cub many years ago, I have never been part of the Scouting family, but worked with Dean when he was with us on the Medway Council DofE team. A man who gave so much for many thousands of young people, who have all been touched by his interaction in their lives, and gone on to do so many things. Personally he has mentored Josh through much of his scouting, and for that i am thankful. I am sure as time moves on whilst Dean may not be here physically he will be in so many peoples minds and hearts with fantastic memories of how he was involved in their lives and the impact he made on them. You and scouting have lost a true Gentleman. Requiescat in Pace Dean a true friend!

Rob Wood - 07th March 2024 at 9:50pm

Goodbye to the best Explorer leader I could ever have hoped to ask for.
I owe a lot to you Dean for everything you did for me. As one of your Explorers at 1st Gillingham, you never once failed to make me feel valued and important - which I think is an incredibly impressive accomplishment considering the vast amount of roles and responsibilities you had. At times I might forget completely that you were the County Commissioner for all of Kent Scouts, as it seemed impossible to me that the man I called my Explorer Leader - who helped me become an adult and made it possible for me to go to the 24th World Scout Jamboree - also had the time to manage the rest of the County's Scouts, let alone the fact that you excelled at it too.

I know that my personality and attitude to life are forever bettered by Dean's influence and leadership, as I know can be said for the thousands of Scouts that had the pleasure of meeting Dean - let alone the privilege to have been part of his troop or work with him. I will sorely miss his unwavering smile and unapologetically witty sense of humour, as well as his reassuring words of wisdom. The world has lost one of the most compassionate mentors and the impact of everything he did for the community and young people from every walk of life will be remembered and felt by all of us for a long, long time.
Thank you Dean for being a key figure in making me the person I am today, and may your legacy live on to inspire many more Scouts to come.
Rest in Peace Dean, I hope wherever you may be you're able to finally put your feet up and relax - you're an inspiration to us all.

William Buchanan-Breden - 07th March 2024 at 7:53pm

So saddened to hear of Dean's passing.... taken way too soon. He had an inspiring ability to see the potential in young people and most importantly make them see the potential in themselves too. As leader of the 1st he was a major role model to William who is beyond devastated at the news; a true leader, who always led from the front with infectious enthusiasm and tenacity. My thoughts go out to his family and friends

Jo Buchanan - 06th March 2024 at 7:35pm

I have known Dean most of my life. His the kindest nicest person anyone can meet. His been taken from the world way to early RIP ❤️

Alexandra - 06th March 2024 at 2:56pm

After being talked in to be on the executive committee Dean came to me and said one day ur gonna be leader and I laughter at him.... Almost 10 yrs on being a helper and now I am a leader he was right we all become leaders In the end and never leave. He was always fun to be around and kept everyone smiling had a wicked sense of humour too. He will be missed by so many people

Nia Wiffen - 05th March 2024 at 9:58pm

This is so sad and my sincere condolences to Dean's family, friends and colleagues. Dean took my son through many years of scouting and was so kind and considerate when we lost my wife. A true gentleman who will be truly missed and has left a massive legacy.

Clive Rudd - 04th March 2024 at 9:00pm

I cannot believe that I am talking about Dean in the past tense.
I have known Dean for over 25 years first in scouting but also as a family friend.
His passion and enthusiasm to get the best for and out of young people was contagious.
His ability to get you on board with his plans and visions was infectious.
He was always beaming with pride when a young person from the 1st Gillingham got an award or was chosen for a Jamboree.
I will treasure the great memories we shared . The laughter on many camps trips both in the UK and abroad, as well as many fundraising events over the years .
He changed the lives of thousands of young people and gave them experiences and opportunities beyond scouting .
His legacy will live forever.
My thoughts and condolences to Ali and his beloved family .
RIP Buddy xxxxx

Gareth Wilkinson - 04th March 2024 at 8:54pm

Dean was such an inspiration for so many of us. His enthusiasm and commitment ensured thousands were able to thrive and succeed, were able to access opportunities that may otherwise not have been possible, and are able ‘to leave the world in a better place than they found it’.

He has left a huge legacy for children and adults alike. He will be sorely missed amongst the Scouting community.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Alison and his family as they navigate this difficult journey.

Darren Palmer - 04th March 2024 at 7:58pm

YNWA Dean ❤️

Baz - 04th March 2024 at 6:22pm

Very sad to hear this news !
My condolences go out to his wife, family friends and the wider scouting community !
His passion , drive and help to all the scouts groups and in particular the Gillingham Muslim scouts group is greatly appreciated and will be remembered for a long time !
Tragically taken away too soon but the memories will live on !

Ajaib Hussain - 04th March 2024 at 5:55pm

My time spent with Dean was as an ADC(S) and County Scout Leader and his passion to provide first class scouting for the young people of Kent was endless. His enthusiasm for KIJ ensured many scouts and leaders from 5th Deal (Sholden) have long lasting memories of the camps
RIP Dean. You will be missed.

Peter Marsh - 04th March 2024 at 4:49pm

Such sad news at such a young age. I lost my husband John Hunt in December. He was very involved with Lower Grange Farm and often spoke of Dean. I send my condolences to Alison and her family.

Diana Hunt - 04th March 2024 at 4:33pm

We are so saddened to hear of the passing of Dean.

His unrelenting enthusiasm, coupled with his passion for Scouting was immense. He has helped to change the life chances of thousands of young people and his inspiration has guided and encouraged hundreds of adults too.

The legacy he leaves behind will be felt by so many individuals.

Words are hard to find to fully express our condolences but our deepest thoughts and heartfelt prayers go to his family and so many others who were close to him.

Kate Shuttleworth On Behalf Of Mereworth & Kings Hill, Malling - 04th March 2024 at 4:31pm

I am deeply saddened to learn of Dean's passing. My heartfelt condolences go out to all of his loved ones during this incredibly difficult time. Dean's presence was truly impactful, and I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work alongside him. His warmth and infectious sense of humor never failed to uplift those around him.

Dean's genuine nature made every interaction meaningful, and his guidance and support were invaluable to me personally. His wisdom and willingness to listen were qualities that I admired greatly. Dean's legacy as an inspiration will live on in the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Dean, your absence leaves a void that will be keenly felt by many, but your spirit and unwavering enthusiasm for scouting will continue to illuminate the memories and lives you touched. Your impact is everlasting, and you will be profoundly missed by all who had the privilege calling you their friend.

Liam Starling - 04th March 2024 at 3:51pm

This is a real shock to the team at Chatham Snowsports Centre. We worked with Dean for over 20 years through his work with the 1st Gillingham Scouts and in his role as County Commissioner. He was always so passionate about his groups and scouting in general and we had nothing but admiration for what enthusiasm he brought to his roles . This is a sad loss to both the area and to the Scouting family. We are thinking about his family and friends at this difficult time. RIP Dean. Andy & the team at Chatham Ski Centre

Andy Rushton - 04th March 2024 at 2:52pm

Thinking of Dean's family and friends at this sad, sad time. Dean had a big impact on those who met him; with such enthusiasm and passion for others he was someone who you wanted to talk to and listen to. Dean set a standard that, as DC at Deal, Walmer & Sandwich, we will try to keep up! With all our thoughts and best wishes.

Matt \'n Ali Sims - 04th March 2024 at 2:03pm

Dean led his life guided by his Promise and the Scout Laws - he epitomised everything a good Scout should be:
A Scout is to be trusted.
A Scout is loyal.
A Scout is friendly and considerate.
A Scout belongs to the world-wide family of Scouts.
A Scout has courage in all difficulties.
A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of possessions and property.
A Scout has self-respect and respect for others.

We will miss his enthusiasm, ideas, drive and determination to make the world a better place for young people but hope that with everyone pulling together in this difficult time we will achieve his plans, hopes and dreams. Our love goes to Alison and all the family - he was so proud of you all and first and foremost belonged to you - Scouting had a part of him which we will remember for ever.

Jim And Beccy Martin - 04th March 2024 at 12:39pm

So sad to hear this news, condolences to Dean’s family and friends at this difficult time, may they take some comfort from the messages and memories from all those who knew him. Such a huge inspiration to leaders and young people. He was a lovely man who was so warm and welcoming and generous with his time. Dean you had such energy and enthusiasm for life and scouting, you will be truly missed by so many but your legacy will live on and you will never be forgotten.

Julie Bass - 04th March 2024 at 12:06pm

Such a sad loss of a friend, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and Scout friends

John And Jane Gurnett - 04th March 2024 at 11:46am

Life can be so unfair. Dean was looking to become a Trustee at Young Medway, and we were planning his involvement. If anyone wanted to know what a dedicated and brilliant volunteer looks like, look at what this giant achieved. He left the world a better place.

Ben Cooper - 04th March 2024 at 10:39am

Dean was a good man and made a fantastic contribution to his community. It is incredibly sad to head this news. Condolences to his family and everyone who knew him.

Roy Smith - 04th March 2024 at 10:17am

Such a sad loss. Dean you were such a grounded and superb colleague, you will be greatly missed. Thinking of Alison, your family and all in Kent Scouts at this sad time. Big hugs from your friends in Hampshire Scouts

Paul Bell - 04th March 2024 at 7:32am

Dean was and always will be a big part of my life making me and many people I know the people they are today you will be missed.
Thank you so much for your dedication to scouting I wouldn't be me without the knowledge you left me.

Jamie Wheller - 04th March 2024 at 4:38am

So sad to hear this news, condolences to Dean’s family and friends at this difficult time, may they take some comfort from the messages and memories from all those who knew him. Such a huge inspiration to leaders and young people. He was a lovely man who was so warm and welcoming and generous with his time. Dean you had such energy and enthusiasm for life and scouting, you will be truly missed by so many but your legacy will live on and you will never be forgotten.

Julie Bass - 04th March 2024 at 1:40am

Taken way too soon but your energy, enthusiasm and love for Scouting was inspiring and will live on in our memories and everything we will keep doing for all the young people Dean helped us to offer Scouting experiences to. Thoughts with all Dean's friends and of course his family at this difficult time and always. Rest in peace.

Steve Dennis - 03rd March 2024 at 10:13pm


As so many have said there truly are no words. You will be missed so very much within Scouting, to so many young peoples and leaders lives.
Missing my phone buzz at silly o’clock with emails, scouting enquiries or with an idea for the group or district saying what do you think.
Dean the 1st, Octane and the 25th Gillingham will always be yours and l and the team will do our best for you and in your memory.
For me my involvement in scouting and working with Dean has been just over 10yrs ( quite short compared to many) but it has been a learning curve and you always listened, gave advice and there if l just wanted to check ‘ am l doing this right’
How many times did you say to me, well you’re already doing that job so why not take it on.
Squirrels was also your baby in many ways and l will make sure that grows and thrives throughout Kent too.
My thoughts are with Alison, 3 daughters and grandchildren at this very sad time.
I will miss you not just through scouting but also as a friend.
RIP and sleep well.

Julie Sullivan - 03rd March 2024 at 9:52pm

Thousands of young people in Kent and the wider Scouting Family are richer for having Dean play a part in their lives.
A true Scout, an inspiration and friend to many.
Gone Home way too soon. Rest in Peace Dean.
Tonbridge & District send all their love and condolences to Dean’s family at this difficult time.

Lofty Bunyon. DSL Tonbridge - 03rd March 2024 at 9:50pm

I was very lucky to have met Dean on my re-entry to scouting, I’ve never seen a person so energetic, enthusiastic and completely in tune with whatever age group or situation he was dealing with! A true scout, I feel blessed to have known him.

Wayne Moore - 03rd March 2024 at 8:40pm

Dean, what can I say. I was so saddened to hear of your passing. You were such an integral part of the South East Region and was a great friend to the SE CCs. You always asked the questions I wanted to ask in meetings but never knew how to. We have all learnt from you. Rest well Dean.

James Williamson - County Commissioner Buckinghamshire - 03rd March 2024 at 8:26pm

Such sad news, a man who truly loved scouting through and through. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Rest in peace brother in Scouting.

Nick Bottle - 03rd March 2024 at 8:24pm

Dean helped me grow up in scouting and I am so grateful to have him as one of our scout leaders. I wish the best for the family and for the 1st gillingham scout group alongside anyone anyone who is struggling. Dean would have wanted us to keep trying and be strong. Dean is gone but always with us in memories.

Eve Hooper - 03rd March 2024 at 7:56pm

Couldn’t believe the news when I heard about Dean’s passing. My heartfelt condolences go out to the Harding family and friends at this sad and extremely difficult time. Dean's passion for Scouting will always be remembered. I’ll never forget his constant negotiations for me to join a scouting group near Medway. Thank you for everything you’ve done for scouts across Kent. Right to the end. Gone home too soon….

Sissinghurst Scout Group

Martina Dickison - 03rd March 2024 at 7:50pm

Couldn’t believe the news when I heard about Dean’s passing. My heartfelt condolences go out to the Harding family and friends at this sad and extremely difficult time. Dean's passion for Scouting will always be remembered. I’ll never forget his constant negotiations for me to join a scouting group near Medway. Thank you for everything you’ve done for scouts across Kent. Right to the end. Gone home too soon….

Sissinghurst Scout Group

Martina Dickison - 03rd March 2024 at 7:29pm

In a world that often feels like us and them, Dean was undoubtedly one of us. Young people, leaders and parents were always amazed that someone so 'important' could immediately be part of what we were doing. He has left scouting in Kent in a much better place than it was. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family

Terry Lister, 1st Charing - 03rd March 2024 at 6:03pm

What a shock. I don't know what to say really. I didn't know Dean really well but we bumped into each other at enough events for him to recognise me and jokingly shy away from the camera. I saw Dean as an inspirational leader, equally happy talking to Beavers and Cubs or addressing rooms full of adults. Always displaying a positive attitude and setting an example for others. He will be sorely missed by all.

Steve James (County Media Team) - 03rd March 2024 at 5:40pm

Very sorry to hear of Dean's sudden death. I knew him through my position as Lay Reader at St Luke's Church some years ago, and was always impressed by his enthusiasm and energy. He will, I'm sure, be greatly missed, but his good work will carry on.

Ian Jeffery - 03rd March 2024 at 5:13pm

I was very lucky to have met Dean on my re-entry to scouting, I’ve never seen a person so energetic, enthusiastic and completely in tune with whatever age group or situation he was dealing with! A true scout, I feel blessed to have known him.

Wayne Moore - 03rd March 2024 at 4:38pm

I first met Dean when he brought his Scouts and Explorers water skiing at our club The Kent Boat & Ski Club 20 odd years ago. I was going to leave scouting but he encouraged me to stay, for which I'm eternally grateful for. He will be much missed at LGF and in Kent. God bless him and his family. My heart goes out to his friends and loved ones.

Sandra Finch - 03rd March 2024 at 4:33pm

Goodbye Dean. Thank you for all you did particularly with 1st Gillingham Scouts at St Lukes which is how I knew you,

I shall miss the chats in the car park re unit activities. KIJ next year will feel very different without your presence.

Rest in peace.


Deborah - Girlguiding Residential Adviser Medway Division

Deborah Hall - 03rd March 2024 at 4:22pm

My thoughts are with family and friends at this difficult time. Dean has left a big gap and yet he filled so many lives, young and old. He has left a legacy that anyone should be proud of. Thank you for your service.

Claire Taylor - 03rd March 2024 at 4:07pm

I've struggled to know what to write, such is the shock of his sudden passing.
I first met Dean when I became the Regional Commissioner, and later had the pleasure of asking him to lead the County. And boy what a job he has done over the last 8 years.
Always upbeat, ever vibrant, never afraid to recognise the challenges and creative with his partnerships with other organisations. Passionate about Lower Grange Farm, he put in an enormous amount of time to the site, County and the District which re resolutely continued to lead.
Difficult to know how Kent Scouting will fill the void that is left, but I know that he was always keen to develop new talent and it is those people who will carry on his legacy in the coming months and years.

Ian Newbery - 03rd March 2024 at 3:59pm

Such sad news. Our thoughts are with Alison and the family. Dean will be remembered for his drive and passion for Scouting and for providing opportunities for young people. RIP

Ken And Bunty - 03rd March 2024 at 3:50pm

I've known Dean for a lot of my scouting life at the 1st Gillingham and he's always been there for me and my family, which is something I'll always be thankful for.

I'll miss how whenever he'd see me or my family he'd come over and chat with us saying "it's the ongleys!" and how much he made me love scouting!

His passing still feels unreal and he'll truly be missed. My thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.
Fly high Dean!

Isabelle Ongley - 03rd March 2024 at 2:50pm

Absolutely shocked and saddened that such a wonderful kind man has been taken far too soon. I met Dean when my daughter started beavers 16 years ago. He is an absolute legend and an inspiration to so many. Always thinking of others before himself and living life true to the Scouting promise. Totally devoted to the Scouting movement and also his lovely family . I cannot imagine the pain you must be feeling at this sad time but I hope you can take some comfort from the amazing tributes being paid to Dean from all those whose lives he touched. Stay strong for each other. All my heartfelt condolences to everyone. RIP Dean.

Debbie Beckett - 03rd March 2024 at 2:44pm

Dean was a huge part of my life he wasn't just my favorite scout leader , he was family ❤️ I was Soo lucky enough to share Soo many amazing memories with him ❤️ we love you Dean ❤️

Chayenne Goff - 03rd March 2024 at 1:32pm

Sad to hear the news of the early passing of a man who lived his life for the benefit of others. A selfless example to everyone and especially to the youth of today.

May your family take comfort from the legacy you leave behind and grow stronger and prouder than they already are of what you achieved in life and sadly left behind.

RIP Dean

Paul Rushbrook (ex DC Gravesham) - 03rd March 2024 at 1:29pm

I have known Dean since I was around 7 or 8 years old when I first went to Cubs at 1st Gillingham and part of my family as an amazing husband and father to my aunt and cousins.

Without the opportunities that he has provided for me over the last 5 years I literally wouldn't be where I am today and for that I am truly grateful to him. I know that this is true for so many others as well - thousands of people over the years who have directly or indirectly benefited from Dean's drive, passion and energy and the opportunities that this has brought them impacting their lives in such a positive way! Dean always had at the forefront of his mind how he could help others.

Thank you Dean for everything!

Jamie Lucas - 03rd March 2024 at 12:35pm

I was very sorry to hear of Dean's passing and send my condolence to his family and all his friends.

Alison Dickerson - 03rd March 2024 at 11:44am

I was so sorry to hear this news. Dean made such a difference and supported and inspired me and thousands of other young people through the amazing work he did day in, day out. He is gone far too soon. I know his legacy will continue for many years to come, and he will always be remembered.

My thoughts are with Dean's family and friends

Katie Griffiths - 03rd March 2024 at 11:22am

Such a sad loss. Dean you were such a grounded and superb colleague, you will be greatly missed. Thinking of Alison, your family and all in Kent Scouts at this sad time. Big hugs from your friends in Hampshire Scouts

Paul Bell - 03rd March 2024 at 11:20am

Such sad unexpected news , such a great leader ,friend , he will be sadly missed. From all at Sevenoaks Weald Scouts.

John Talbot - 03rd March 2024 at 11:06am

This is so sad, and all my thoughts to Dean's family, friends and colleagues. He was so kind to my son when we lost my wife, and I can genuinely say that he made a real difference to so many peoples' lives. A true gentleman who will be sadly missed.

Clive Rudd - 03rd March 2024 at 10:54am

Thinking of you all at at this sad time such a great loss Dean was a great influence on so many people and a leader Dean's passion for scouting was and always will live on in all scouting a true gentleman in every way RIP a friend to all we will miss you

Raymond Burr - 03rd March 2024 at 10:17am

We lost him too soon and I will miss him so much as he was such an amazing leader and he helped so many people. It was such an honour to know this man and I as well as lots of other people at the 1st Gillingham will miss him dearly. I will miss shouting 'HI DEAN' almost every time he walked in the room, I will also miss having our favourite DJ for the mini bus and I know that those mini bus journeys will never be the same but I expecialy miss joking about the sumo suits and when I broke my nose. He has brought so much joy to everyone he ever met and he put so much into the activities he planned. He was so excited to announce KIJ2025 and it is sad that he wont be able to see it happen. I hope the family is doing well in this very hard time

Grace Herve - 03rd March 2024 at 10:16am

Such a sad time and Hugh shock to hear this sad news ! My thoughts are with Deans family . Dean always had a smile for everyone and was full of enthusiasm and dedication to the be
Night of Young people and his leaders . We will miss him ! He is a hard act to follow but will always be remembers .

Kathy Smith - 03rd March 2024 at 10:10am

So sad and shocked to hear about Dean's passing. I had the pleasure of working with Dean and will not forget his kindness, enthusiasm and humour. He was also there for advice and never missed a chance to crack some jokes. He was an inspiration to many - including myself - and his legacy will continue to live on. My thoughts are with all of Dean's family at this difficult time. Rest in peace Dean x

Natalie Forester - 03rd March 2024 at 9:56am

Mt condolences to the family at this sad time. I only met Dean a couple of times at Hopehill. He was an inspiration to all of us in Scouting. His Legacy will live on in Scouting.

Vi Rushbrook - 03rd March 2024 at 9:31am

Dean you was such a great influence on myself and my family, you always made me welcome at any event that I turned up to even getting me involved and feeling part of the county team even though I wasn't. You always praised me for all of the hard work I did within Dartford. Even telling all the ADC's that you are not a fan of entries on the day but thanked myself and all the leaders at our tug of war competition some years ago. But was so proud that we had three quarters of the scouts there.

RIP Dean never walk alone

Wayne Tomkinson - 03rd March 2024 at 9:27am

What a Legend, what a great friend , what a great ambassador for the scouting world what a great human being . It was a pleasure to have worked alongside Dean throughout my time at the 1st Gillingham, as a team with all the other guys we were an unstoppable force come about by deans never ending enthusiasm for what he believed in and his belief made us all better and all more driven to offer scouting to the young people of lower Gillingham. Outside of scouting he was my mate, he showed the same enthusiasm for life with his family that he loved unconditionally. Dean will be missed by every life that he touched both in and out of scouting. Dean
You’ll never walk alone.

Adrian Waters - 03rd March 2024 at 9:19am

What a Legend, what a great friend , what a great ambassador for the scouting world what a great human being . It was a pleasure to have worked alongside Dean throughout my time at the 1st Gillingham, as a team with all the other guys we were an unstoppable force come about by deans never ending enthusiasm for what he believed in and his belief made us all better and all more driven to offer scouting to the young people of lower Gillingham. Outside of scouting he was my mate, he showed the same enthusiasm for life with his family that he loved unconditionally. Dean will be missed by every life that he touched both in and out of scouting. Dean
You’ll never walk alone.

Adrian Waters - 03rd March 2024 at 9:17am

Absolutely shocked and saddened. He was such an inspiration and helped me so much to set up the first muslim scout group in kent. I always admired his enthusiasm and his dedication to scouting. I couldn't have done it without his support. RIP.

Faheem Anwar - 03rd March 2024 at 9:12am

Scouting is about inspiring people, Dean was an inspiration to all, he had a smile that could light up a room and a love for scouting that was exemplary to all.
It was a pleasure to have met Dean at multiple county events, wandering around KIJ, at awards ceremonies and at random events.
A great man, whose legacy will live on for generations through Kent Scouts and his love of scouting.
Enjoy the great campfire in heaven and I hope you a BP share a few good stories and tell him how amazing Kent Scouts is thanks to you.

Nick Keates (Wateringbury & Maidstone West) - 03rd March 2024 at 7:27am

Dean you have left many memories for your family and Scouting. Those memories will live on. You have paved the way, for so many. Now it is time to sit back and observe from afar. Rest in peace Dean.

Kevin Manns - 03rd March 2024 at 7:22am

he first became my grandad and then my leader in scouting because of him he was obsessed with me doing scouts so i was with my mum who was a leader for squirrels when i was only 1 since then he always included me in the scout events. i have so many memories with him and words can't explain how our family feels it's like a piece of us is missing.

i hope that every one that knew my grandad (dean) is okay and fighting through it because i know that's all he would want us to do is to carry on and look after ourselves

i think we can all say we will miss him ❤️

Caitlyn (granddaughter Of Dean ) - 02nd March 2024 at 11:52pm

he first became my grandad and then my leader in scouting because of him he was obsessed with me doing scouts so i was with my mum who was a leader for squirrels when i was only 1 since then he always included me in the scout events. i have so many memories with him and words can't explain how our family feels it's like a piece of us is missing.

i hope that every one that knew my grandad (dean) is okay and fighting through it because i know that's all he would want us to do is to carry on and look after ourselves

i think we can all say we will miss him ❤️

Caitlyn (granddaughter Of Dean ) - 02nd March 2024 at 11:52pm



Dean it feels like I’ve known you all my life and I am truly broken that you’re gone but you will always be with me. I still remember you teaching me everything from lighting my first fire to helping me find work experience. you have been and always will be a massive part of my life. I will miss all the little things you did for me and everyone in octane explores from the little raves we would have in the mini bus to you buying us pizzas when we helped with camps and always ensuring we were all enjoying ourselves and making scouting an overall happy place to be.

I know I never said it enough but I am truly thankful for all the things you taught throughout my time in scouting such as always being confident in everything I do and believe in. And will always continue to carry with me all the other little things you’ve taught me in our time together for the rest of my life.

You will forever be missed by many but you will always have an important place here in scouting.

Rest in peace Deno ♥️

Harvey Eyers - 02nd March 2024 at 11:15pm



Dean it feels like I’ve known you all my life and I am truly broken that you’re gone but you will always be with me. I still remember you teaching me everything from lighting my first fire to helping me find work experience. you have been and always will be a massive part of my life. I will miss all the little things you did for me and everyone in octane explores from the little raves we would have in the mini bus to you buying us pizzas when we helped with camps and always ensuring we were all enjoying ourselves and making scouting an overall happy place to be.

I know I never said it enough but I am truly thankful for all the things you taught throughout my time in scouting such as always being confident in everything I do and believe in. And will always continue to carry with me all the other little things you’ve taught me in our time together for the rest of my life.

You will forever be missed by many but you will always have an important place here in scouting.

Rest in peace Deno ♥️

Harvey Eyers - 02nd March 2024 at 11:12pm

Dean, where do I even start?

I first met you when I joined the Kent Scout County Patrol when I was a young Scout. From day one you always supported me, pushed me to do my best and most of all believed in me.

When I needed support, had questions, concerns or was looking for advice, you’d always be there at the other end of the phone or an email, no matter how busy you were and how much you had going on.
I often wondered how you managed to squeeze it all in, running a Scout Group, a District, a County, an Activity Center, a full time job, having time for your family, yet you never seemed stressed and always had time for everyone.

You’ve helped to shape the man I am today!

Over the years we’ve had lots of laughs and banter together, you always had something funny to say and enjoyed a laugh. When I think about so many of our memories, you’re always laughing and joking.

Dean you’ve always been such a true inspiration to not only myself but so many people across Kent.
You’re enthusiasm for Scouting is off the scale. You always have such great big ideas, so many of which wouldn’t have happened without you driving them forward. Your dedication and commitment to Scouting was truly remarkable.

You have always ensured every young person gets the most out of Scouting as possible and only wanted the best quality Scouting in Kent.

Dean I’ve always respected you and believe the world needs more people like you!

You’re a true role model to myself and so many Scouts across Kent. You’re one truly amazing man!

It’s an absolute pleasure to be able to say I’ve volunteered along side you for so many years but to also be able to call you a friend.

Dean you will be truly missed by so many but your legacy will live on for many years to come!

Rest in peace Dean. Thank you for everything you’ve given to Scouting.

Jack Liddon - 02nd March 2024 at 10:53pm

Dean, we will always miss you. You were one of the greatest people I've ever met, and you would never fail to put smiles on our faces at explorers. You will always be a part of our group in our hearts, even if you can't be here physically. I will always miss the conversations we had. I truly hope you're in a better place now, you certainly deserve peace, especially after all your hard work making sure everyone else was comfortable and happy. Rest in peace, Deano, you will always be the best minibus dj.

Rayne (formerly Neve) Styles - 02nd March 2024 at 10:22pm

Dean, you were such a kind, fun, generous, loyal and inspiring leader and friend whose Scouting Values shone through. It was an honour to have worked with you as part of your team. Thank you for your unwavering support and the many happy memories of fun times shared.
With love and prayers for your family.
Gone home but never forgotten.

Elaine Greenwood - 02nd March 2024 at 10:16pm

Dean's passing will be a huge loss to Kent Scouts. He was so enthusiastic for Scouting and always had time for the young people. From all at 1st Willesborough (Ashford) our thoughts are with Dean's loved ones..

Bill Sharp - 02nd March 2024 at 10:05pm

Scouting is about inspiring people, Dean was an inspiration to all, he had a smile that could light up a room and a love for scouting that was exemplary to all.
It was a pleasure to have met Dean at multiple county events, wandering around KIJ, at awards ceremonies and at random events.
A great man, whose legacy will live on for generations through Kent Scouts and his love of scouting.
Enjoy the great campfire in heaven and I hope you a BP share a few good stories and tell him how amazing Kent Scouts is thanks to you.

Nick Keates (Wateringbury & Maidstone West) - 02nd March 2024 at 9:55pm

I remember ‘ it’s only one hour a week!!’
Well what you never said was it only takes one hour a week to become hooked on scouting and become part of your team/ scout family. I’m so happy to have been lucky enough to be one of your leaders and call you my friend. . So many memories of laughter and silliness. You would always help and do what ever needed doing.
No job was ever to small for you to do. You always went out of you way to make people feel welcomed and part of the team. You are going to be missed more then any words can ever explain..
My heart goes out to Alison, your girls, your grandchildren.
R.I.P dear Dean
Sleep well

Dawn Eyers - 02nd March 2024 at 9:46pm

Thank you for all you have done for us - you are a true Scout and we promise to do our best to live up to your legacy...

Basil - 3rd Whitstable Scouts - 02nd March 2024 at 9:25pm

I was very lucky to have met Dean on my re-entry to scouting, I’ve never seen a person so energetic, enthusiastic and completely in tune with whatever age group or situation he was dealing with! A true scout, I feel blessed to have known him.

Wayne Moore - 02nd March 2024 at 9:22pm

Dean was a legend who gave so much to Scouting- always pushing the boundaries, his enthusiasm and passion for adventure shone through. Devastating news, taken far too early, our thoughts are very much with Alison and his family. Dean was a major inspiration in Kent Scouts - words just can’t do justice to the Great Scouter he was. RIP Dean, we will all miss you. Romney Marsh District

Janet Thomas - 02nd March 2024 at 9:22pm

Dean was a legend who gave so much to Scouting- always pushing the boundaries, his enthusiasm and passion for adventure shone through. Devastating news, taken far too early, our thoughts are very much with Alison and his family. Dean was a major inspiration in Kent Scouts - words just can’t do justice to the Great Scouter he was. RIP Dean, we will all miss you. Romney Marsh District

Janet Thomas - 02nd March 2024 at 9:22pm

I didn't know Dean personally but had heard so much about him. Saw him at Apex a little while ago. He will be greatly missed in Scouting and by all those who knew him. My sincere condolences to his family. xx

Linda Iverson - 02nd March 2024 at 9:21pm

Dean was the kindest soul, I remember he would always encourage me to join in even if I didnt feel like I did ever since I was a little squril. He has the warmest heart and contagious smile making a dull room bright again. We didn't speak much before you left but how much I regret that, I'm going to miss having our little chats laughs and blasting the radio in the mini van. Scouting isn't going to be the same without out you I miss you so much rest in peace dean xx ❤️

Mae Wiffen - 02nd March 2024 at 9:18pm

Very sad news. I loved Dean’s energy and enthusiasm. He always had time to talk and was an inspiration to Leaders and Young People . What a huge loss to Scouting.

Helen Maxwell - 02nd March 2024 at 9:01pm

What can I say that has not already been said? Every comment is as important as the man himself. All I can add is - quite simply a scouting legend who's legacy will live on with so many. Thoughts are with his family at this most difficult of times.

Batch - 02nd March 2024 at 8:55pm

It’s very difficult to find the right words on a day like this, with such sad and shocking news. But you are leaving behind the most incredible legacy and so many people are the better for having known you. Sending our love and condolences to your friends and family. Rest in peace.

Hannah And Corina - 02nd March 2024 at 8:51pm

Only meet him briefly for a moment, he was pleasant and full of life. He will be a great loss to Kent Scouts.
Falcon Beaver Scout Leader 1st Shadoxhurst

Kim Slater-Cannon - 02nd March 2024 at 8:46pm

Where do i start, dean i’ve known you since i was like 4 you’ve guided me through scouting and have helped everyone in so many different ways. We will miss all the discos, mini bus trips, activity days and so much more. You always light every room you walk into up with your contagious smile. we all miss you so so much, scouting will never be the same without you. You will be missed dearly, all my love is with your family. ♥️

Tink - 02nd March 2024 at 8:30pm

Dean will be truly missed. Thoughts are with Deans family and all. The things he did for everyone, passion he had for young people and scouting he made my time enjoyable with his jokes and everything will remember all the memories made with him . Rest in peace fly high Dean xxx

Emily - 02nd March 2024 at 8:22pm

What an inspirational CC. Creating opportunities for so many young people across Kent and being the life and soul of the County. Always had a smile on your face and full of energy.
Rest easy knowing your county will continue your legacy.
Thoughts are with your family. Xx

Sam Crook - 02nd March 2024 at 8:00pm

Dean was one of a kind, over 20 years ago I started at 1st Gillingham Scouts, one of the best decisions I ever made as a youngster, so many fond memories through my teen years. Dean pushed us to do absolutely everything we could, you name the activity and we were there. We fund raised our backsides off to ensure we had the best time we possibly could! I loved every minute of it, and I’m sure Dean never changed in the last 20 years. Dean will be missed by everyone he came into contact with, he brightened every place he went. love goes out to Ali, your girls and your grandkids.
RIP Dean x

Daniel Gates - 02nd March 2024 at 7:51pm

Dean and alison gave myself Mitchell and Fraser so much fun and fantastic experiences in our scouting family times dean will be greatly missed by the scouting community RIP

Karina Haynes - 02nd March 2024 at 7:34pm

Dean will always be remembered as an amazing man with miles of energy and a love for scouting. On behalf of all the volunteers and children at 8th Sheppey we send our condolences to his wife and family. We will remember him fondly.

Annette Crowder - 02nd March 2024 at 7:33pm

Dean was an absolute pillar of my life through all my years in scouting. I always knew he would be ready with good advice and a warm comment for anything I or anyone else was going through; I saw him give up so much of himself for others and the world is a much poorer place without him.

Addie (formerly Euan) Rudd - 02nd March 2024 at 7:32pm

Dean was an absolute pillar of my life through all my years in scouting. I always knew he would be ready with good advice and a warm comment for anything I or anyone else was going through; I saw him give up so much of himself for others and the world is a much poorer place without him.

Addie (formerly Euan) Rudd - 02nd March 2024 at 7:32pm

I was totally shocked to receive this news and my thoughts and prayers are with Deans family and friends at this difficult time.
Dean was an inspiration to many, young and not so young alike. He always had time for people and was a shining example of loving your life by your scout promise.
During my time as District Commissioner Dean was always there to support encourage and say those two often overlooked words -“Thank you”
Thank you for everything Dean, for the encouragement, inspiration and support.
You will be sadly missed - may you forever Rest in Peace

Brian Hobden - 02nd March 2024 at 7:22pm

A true Scout! I met Dean at Kent Jamboree he was always friendly and welcoming. I send my condolences to the whole family.

Catherine Butler - 02nd March 2024 at 7:21pm

we will miss you dj deano and the raves in the mini bus ❤️ my love goes to the family

Millie Herve - 02nd March 2024 at 7:02pm

A really good person who put his life & soul into everything he did, had many good times together.
Gone but never forgotten, rest now your work is done.

Mike Harding - 02nd March 2024 at 7:01pm

I haven’t known Dean as long as most people but I’m the few years he was my leader he has been one of the kindest people I’ve ever met. He always made me feel welcome and helped me settle into explorers with a lot of ease.

He was always there to talk to if need be and just one of the best scout leaders I’ve been seen. I know he will be missed by myself and many others, I give my love to his family and the rest of his group.

Megan Courtney - 02nd March 2024 at 5:37pm

Thinking of all Dean’s family and friends at this tough time. Dean was a great man, an inspiration to many. He had such a high passion for Scouting and did so much for Kent Scouts and many people young and old. It was a true honour knowing you, your legacy will forever live on. You will be forever missed. Thank you Dean for all you have done! Lots of love x

Phoebe Eden - 02nd March 2024 at 5:15pm

Dean, you are and will always be my favourite leader. You has been there for me through the hard times, and even the simple ones, comforting me no matter what. You would always go the extra mile for everyone, doing little things that I would take for granted, like buying me pineapple for camps because I refused to eat anything else, or having raves in the mini bus with us all on our way back to the hall from trips. You always did anything you could to cheer us up, from a hug to talking about your love for zoodies knowing that would immediately put a smile on our faces. You truly are such an amazing man, who did so much for everyone, and I will carry you with me for the rest of my life, and cherish the time I got to spend with you.
Rest in peace, Deano ❤

Holly Griffin - 02nd March 2024 at 4:53pm

Dean epitomised what a scout leader should be. I have vivid memories of working with him on a safeguarding issue at KIJ. It was the early hours of the morning, everyone was cold and tired - but his professionalism and compassion was clear. He made everyone feel valued for their contribution, however small. He will leave a gaping hole in Kent scouts, but his legacy will live on in those he inspired. Rest easy, Dean x

Clare - 02nd March 2024 at 4:20pm

Such sad news, my thoughts are with the family
Dean was all ways ready to help any one that needed it and push people to try new skills going to be missed

Charlotte - 02nd March 2024 at 3:56pm

Sad loss for everyone. Dean made an huge impact on everyone he met.
My sincere condolences to Deans family and friends. ⚜️

Wendy Miller - 02nd March 2024 at 3:33pm

My thoughts go out to Deans family, he was a brilliant man. I have had the pleasure of meeting Dean quite a few times since working my way from Beavers to Explorers at 22nd Gillingham, he has always been so kind. Dean has contributed so much to scouting and leaves Kent scouting a better place than when he first joined x

Jade Brooks-Trott - 02nd March 2024 at 3:20pm

Dean, I only had the last pleasure to speak to you a few times but when I did it reminded me why I do scouting and what scouting can do for others. Rest easy x

Jacob Bodman - 02nd March 2024 at 3:16pm

Dean was one of a kind , with an aspiring passion for life and scouting. We all are better people for having known him. He brought out the best in us all. Thank you to Allison and the family for sharing him with the Scouting family. Gone home x

Lynn Davis - 02nd March 2024 at 3:16pm

Condolences Alison and all of Dean's family at this time. I first met Dean over 20years ago when Terry and I helped at a County survival camp. Since then he has been a great supporter for the Top Awards while I led that team, helping with useful comments and anecdotes when I found things trying and equally cheery when I had things to celebrate with the County. Rest well my friend, Kent Scouting is in safe hands.

Pat Duncumb - 02nd March 2024 at 3:09pm

Dean where do I start I have known you since I was 14 and have made life so different it’s not going to be same without with you on a Friday night going to explorers me taking mick as you was late and having a laugh with Josh after explorers ant McDonald’s you were such a role model and will never be. Forgotten
RIP Dean

James Ongley - 02nd March 2024 at 3:03pm

I've met Dean a few times and have always been inspired by our chats, his energy and passion. Dean was a legend, a true diamond who will sparkle in our memories forever

Graham Baker - 02nd March 2024 at 3:01pm

From the outpouring of grief in the hundreds of messages and memories, and the positive effect Dean had on so many lives through scouting, it is clear what an inspirational man and leader he was. My heart goes out to those closest to him, his family and friends, taken home far too soon, but remembered with love and gratitude.

Charlie Horne - 02nd March 2024 at 2:55pm

Dean Harding was a one of a kind man, a man who put a smile on peoples faces, His work for Lower Grange Farm, Kent Scouts, My Home Group of 1st Gillingham, the District. There are so many people that are going to be affected by his unexpected loss.

There is so much Dean has done for me within his time involved in scouting, and the memories he has made with me will be cherished for life.
I'll miss his chuckles from me calling him "Deano" or "Big Nose". Missing him calling out "E". The good ol banta I could have with such a great man.
The legacy you have created will be cherished by so many.

It still hasn't properly hit home that every time I go to my scout group, he won't be there, at every county and district event, he won't be there, and when I go down to Lower Grange Farm, he won't be there. But.. His spirit will be there. And he will be protecting every single one of us whose lives he's helped shape into who we are today.

Thank you Dean for bringing me into the scouting family and managing to deal with my uniqueness. ❤️

Fly High Dean!
You'll never walk alone

Ethan Prince - 02nd March 2024 at 2:48pm

A true Gentleman and an inspiration to so many. His Legacy will remain with us all.

Pete Bodman - 02nd March 2024 at 2:22pm

Kindest nicest person ever such a major loss gone way to young to leave the world. RIP

Alexandra Ward - 02nd March 2024 at 2:12pm

Dean was an ever present figure in my entire scouting life. He would be there, front and centre on any parade or camp. A true, natural, charismatic leader. I will be forever thankful of the kindness he showed me. From my first camp, to my last day as a scout he always had words of encouragement. Rest in peace, Dean.

Toby Anderson - 02nd March 2024 at 1:56pm

My very first cub camp was in a thunder storm, I woke to find water in our tent, we were all moved to drier ground, then lightening struck the ground of our camp site, Dean and his crew were fantastic keeping us calm, giving us hot chocolates then drying our rather soggy sleeping bags. He encouraged me to do and try new things I will be forever grateful for him to get me to do new things. Although I ended my scouting journey with cubs his drive has stayed with me and I'm now fund raising for camp international Tanzania 2025. His infectious smile and passion has stuck with me. When mum told me last night it was a shock, but his legacy will live on in those he has encouraged over the years to try new things and push forward. A shining light in the night sky watching over many a scouting camp, Rip Dean

Ellen - 02nd March 2024 at 1:55pm

So shocked to hear the sad news of Dean's passing. Such an inspirational leader, approachable and enthusiastic always. Thinking of Dean's family and close friends as well as the wider scouting community in Kent at this sad time.

Linda Waring And Maidstone East District - 02nd March 2024 at 1:44pm

Such sad news . Dean will be missed so much and I’m sending my love to his family .

Julie McGowan - 02nd March 2024 at 1:35pm

Very sad news. My thoughts and prayers are with his family

Debbie Roberts - 02nd March 2024 at 1:32pm

Dean guided me through my scouting life from the age of 12.
He was always behind me with his infectious smile and tenacity for life. He put his trust in me when so many others assumed I would fail and it was that unwavering support that pushed me to be a better leader and person in general.

Words can't quantify the incredible person that Dean was or the difference that he made in thousands of peoples lives through his time on this earth.

His presence will be greatly missed by all.

Kim Rackley - 02nd March 2024 at 1:32pm

Very very sad news. Was a great help to me during my tenure as a DC. A man who encouraged all no matter of age or ability. Will be missed in body but the spirit lives on. Goodbye mate.

Gary Chadwick - 02nd March 2024 at 1:30pm

In our 30+ years in scouting Dean has been a constant source of support and knowledge, along with his great enthusiasm he had a real impact on all the young people who came through scouting. A great loss to all who knew him, our thoughts go out to his family at this sad time.

Chris Divers 5th Gillingham Scout Group - 02nd March 2024 at 1:24pm

Dean you are going to be so so missed. You made a lot of people happy, your laughter, your beautiful smile, your wit. Everything about you especially your humour. My heart goes out to Ali, the girls and all of your family. You were one of the best. RIP Dean xxxxx

Danielle Hudson - 02nd March 2024 at 1:14pm

Such an inspirational man to the world of scouting.
He will be sadly missed by his scouting family.
Thinking of the family he has left behind
RIP Dean

Cassie - 02nd March 2024 at 1:12pm

Our thoughts are with every single member of Deans family and every single one of his friends at this sad time. I, like so many have had the pleasure to serve alongside Dean and learn so much from a truly inspiring leader and friend.

Simon Rosenberg - 02nd March 2024 at 1:00pm

Sorry to hear this. I knew him as a scout and as a leader. His passion knew no end. He always took time to ask how my kids were doing in scouting.
To me, he was scouting xx

Natasha Wilson - 02nd March 2024 at 12:55pm

This was very sad to read the hearing of the sudden and unexpected passing of a true inspirational person. Dean will now leave a massive whole in Scouting in Kent and in the hearts and soles of all he supported including myself. My thoughts go out to all Kent Scouters, Dean's family and close friends. Peace be with you all.

Gavin Wallis - 02nd March 2024 at 12:52pm

very sad news Thinking of his family at this time. I only meet him a couple of time but Always had time to chat He did so much for Kent Scouts and will be missed by lots

Helen Davies - 02nd March 2024 at 12:52pm

Such very sad news. On behalf of Tovil Scout Group I would like to pass on our sincere condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with Deans family.

Kirsty Hawkins - 02nd March 2024 at 12:47pm

Dean was an inspiration to myself, as well as many other Scouts, both past and present. My thoughts are with his friends and family at this difficult time, he will be missed.

William Godfrey - 02nd March 2024 at 12:46pm

How will Dean be remembered.. it will be with love and for his passion to inspire everybody to meet their potential and for the smiles and laughter that was always around him. Thank you for everything you did for both my children Katie and Tom and for encouraging Katie to become the scouting leader she is today.My love and thoughts for Alison, Tracy,Samme, Tesha and his grandchildren. A wonderful man taken too early but what a legacy he has left x

Yvonne Morrison - 02nd March 2024 at 12:43pm

Dean was such a kind shining light within the Kent scouts community, he has helped and advised me countless times over the years I had the pleasure of knowing him, there will be a gap left in out community now. Rest easy Dean. Thinking of all Deans family in this heart breaking time.

Ellie Elcock - 02nd March 2024 at 12:42pm

Gone but not forgotten Dean ....you will be missed ..stand down now your duty is done...love and hugs to Alison and family ..xx

Sally Cox - 02nd March 2024 at 12:41pm

So saddened to hear of Dean's passing. My thoughts are with his family and friends in this difficult time.

Abby - 02nd March 2024 at 12:39pm

Sending my thoughts to Deans family at this sad time. Dean was a true inspiration to many in scouting. Creating opportunities for so many young people. The county and the district will just not be the same without you at the front of it x

Ellie Curtis - 02nd March 2024 at 12:37pm

My thoughts and prayers are with Alison and her daughters and grandchildren at this time. Dean's loss will be keenly felt by all those who knew and loved him, but most by his family who have lost someone truly amazing. Gone home too soon.

Katie Taenas - 02nd March 2024 at 12:35pm

So shocked and saddened to hear this news. He was inspirational, energetic, and a great leader, his enthusiasm was infectious. His life in scouting touched and inspired so many, he truly leaves a great big hole in Kent Scouts. Condolences to his family, hope they find some comfort in knowing what he meant to so many.

Helen Richardson - 02nd March 2024 at 12:35pm

Such awful news. Thinking of Dean's family and friends right now. He was such an inspirational Leader. Always there when I needed advice over the past 15 years or so in my various roles. I will miss his positive energy and enthusiasm so much.

Cathy Mummery - 02nd March 2024 at 12:32pm

We are so saddened to hear the news. A great loss to scouting, our thoughts are with the family.

Joanne Coombs & Paul Gladwell - 02nd March 2024 at 12:32pm

My heart and thoughts go out to Dean’s family, friends and the whole Kent scouting community. As Kent Scout ambassador he welcomed me into the scouting family and he was so kind. Thinking of you all at this sad and difficult time. Lots of love Dom x

Dominic King - 02nd March 2024 at 12:29pm

Such a sad loss. Dean had so much enthusiasm for life and scouting. My thoughts are with his family and friends.

Doreen Beach - 02nd March 2024 at 12:29pm

So sorry to hear this what a inspirational man and leader of young people and adults alike, he has done so much for Kent scouts he will be sorely missed, thinking of all of Dean’s family at this sad time, taken to early, to honour Dean is to carry on the legacy that Dean started ………..

Neil Brunsdon - 02nd March 2024 at 12:24pm

Very saddened to hear the news about Dean. A great man and a great scout. We were fellow Deputy County Commissioners together and he went on to be an inspirational CC / County Lead Volunteer. In shock. Thoughts with everyone. x

Alan Noake - 02nd March 2024 at 12:23pm

Such sad news but what a legacy he has left. Dean was so passionate about Scouting and giving young people new skills. He was a kind, humorous and humble person. Thank you Dean for your support and energy. RIP x

Gill Martin - 02nd March 2024 at 12:19pm

Such sad news. Love to all friends and family x

Kim - 02nd March 2024 at 12:17pm

We, at the Microlight Team, are shocked to read of the passing of this inspirational man. So enthusiastic and dedicated. A true Scout who will be sorely missed.

Lee Prebble - 02nd March 2024 at 12:17pm

Dean had to have been one of the great scout leader nay, people of our time. Long shall he be remembered

Chris Symonds - 02nd March 2024 at 12:14pm

Rest in Peace my Brother Scout and sincere condolences to Family and Friends

Del King - 02nd March 2024 at 12:14pm

Such very sad news. Thinking of his family at this very difficult time. He did so much for Kent Scouts and will be missed by so many.

Shelley Williams - 02nd March 2024 at 12:12pm

I have had the pleasure of working with Dean on many scout projects over the years, both before he became County Commissioner, and then after. I say pleasure, because he was fun to work with, forever smiling and always a lot of laughter. Dean is a true inspiration and Kent Scouts have been very lucky to have him as their Leader for all this time. Lots of love to Alison, Jamie and all his family - we will all miss him.

Tracey Swift - 02nd March 2024 at 12:12pm

So sorry to hear that Dean has 'Gone Home'. My thoughts and prayers are with all who knew him. Scouting is a family and news like this touches us all x

Teresa Spiers - 02nd March 2024 at 12:12pm

Very sad to hear this news. I knew Dean as a fellow regional CC when I was Oxfordshire’s. A big loss to Scouting; a bigger loss to his family. Rest easy. Gone Home.

Phil Earl - 02nd March 2024 at 12:08pm

Great loss, Dean leaves this world a lot better place than he found it.
Will miss his smile.

Lorna Doe - 02nd March 2024 at 12:08pm

Heartbreaking news, Dean has done so much for my three children over the 15 years we've known him, he will be deeply missed my thoughts go to his family

Sarah Herve - 02nd March 2024 at 12:04pm

Such sad and tragic news. My thoughts are with Alison and the family. Dean was a wonderful ambassador for scouting his enthusiasm and dedication was inspiring. So sad to have you leave us so soon.

Mike O\'Kill - 02nd March 2024 at 12:03pm

A true Scout and understood the impact of Scouting young and old. Thoughts are with your family, friends and such a difficult time

Danielle Humphrey - 02nd March 2024 at 12:03pm

Cannot believe this sad news. My thoughts are with Dean's family at this difficult time. He supported and encouraged so many people in Scouting. Dean you will be greatly missed.

Jacqui Wilkinson - 02nd March 2024 at 12:00pm

Thinking of Dean’s family and all that loved and respected him at this very sad time. A true gent and extraordinary man who did so very much for so many people. Thank you Dean for all you have done for Scouting xx

Michelle Kagan - 02nd March 2024 at 12:00pm

We will sadly miss Dean our thought are with Alison and family. Dean was always here for our family especially James Ongley. His laughter, passion for scouting, Jokes memories will go on. Rest in peace.

Louise Ongley - 02nd March 2024 at 12:00pm

Thinking of Dean’s family and friends at this sad moment. Dean was a true inspiration to anyone he met within Scouting. He was a genuine and passionate man and will be sorely missed.
Claire 5th Medway. X

Claire Barnes - 02nd March 2024 at 11:58am

It was wonderful knowing Dean both when I was a scout and then went on to be a leader before leaving.
The scouting world has lost a true hero who will be missed by so many

Andrea - 02nd March 2024 at 11:57am

So sad and shocked by this news. Thoughts to family and close friends. Met Dean a couple of times whilst Scouting in Kent, and he was so supportive of an European camp I ran in 2016 with Poseidon ESU from Yalding. A great scouter, who will be missed by all.
Chris Haigh, AESL Dartside ESU, Devon.

Chris Haigh - 02nd March 2024 at 11:57am

Gone Home - such an inspirational person gone home too soon.. We will miss you, but we promise we will carry on the legacy of Kent Scouts for you. Sleep peacefully.

Linda Thomas - 02nd March 2024 at 11:57am

Thinking of Dean's family and friends at this sad time. Such tragic news and all of Kent Scouts will grieve with you. Please know we all send love to you all and his memory will live on through scouting. X

Jessica Peachey - 02nd March 2024 at 11:56am

Such sad news for Deans family, friends and Kent Scouts, thinking of you all at this sad and difficult time.

Darren Stanford - 02nd March 2024 at 11:37am

Such sad and tragic news. My thoughts are with Alison and the family. Dean was a wonderful ambassador for scouting his enthusiasm and dedication was inspiring. So sad to have you leave us so soon.

Mike O\'Kill - 02nd March 2024 at 11:16am

Thinking of all Dean's family and friends at this sad and difficult time. Dean's passion for Scouting will live on as his legacy, and his hard work will always be remembered. Dean, you did your duty and now its time to rest.

David Norris - 02nd March 2024 at 10:23am

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