Former Councillor and past Mayor, Dilys Smith
Last Updated: 26 Mar 2018 3:31pm
It is with sadness and regret that the Council advises of the passing of former Councillor and past Mayor of the Borough, Dilys Smith on 15 March. She is survived by her son John and his family. Details of the funeral arrangements, to be held in Dartford, will be relayed to Members as soon as they are confirmed.
Councillor Tom Maddison, a fellow Member of the Labour Group and the Co-operative Society in Dartford, has offered the following response to the news of former Councillor Smith’s death:
“ Dilys was a really marvellous Lady and lived in Dartford all her life playing a most active part in the life of the community and the Borough overall . She recently moved down to be with her only son John and family in Hampshire following a fall and a period of time in Darent Valley Hospital. As well as being Mayor of Dartford Dilys served as a Magistrate and Justice of the Peace. She served as the President of the old Dartford Industrial Co-operative Society and later served on the Invicta Society Board . Dilys was a very fit and sporty lady and was a very good swimmer taking part in swimming Gala`s. She very much enjoyed dancing ,music and the arts. Unfortunately she lost her husband Ted about 10 years ago , they had the one son John and a number of grandchildren. Ted worked in the TV and Radio repair department of the Co-op and was also active in the Labour and Co-operative movement.
Up until just a couple of years ago she would regularly attend Co-operative Party meetings at my house in Wilmington and told many riveting stories of her life in the Labour and Co-operative movement. We did encourage her to put pen to paper and write these events and other recollections down . I do wish she had it would be a great social history of life in Dartford. I do believe Dilys would be approximately 95 years of age when she passed away so she really did have a long , happy, and rewarding life. She really was a great lady and will be sadly missed by all who knew her’.