KENNETH DESMOND BENEDICT NEWMAN-SMART

TRIBUTE TO A MAN WHO LOVED LIFE – MY COUSIN, BROTHER  AND FRIEND

I wanted to pay tribute to a man who still lives on in the hearts of every person he has touched because he loved people, was loved in return and above all loved life and living.

Kenneth or Sir Ken to many was called home on Monday 18th January 2021. His passing was sudden, unexpected and send shock waves within our family because of who he is to us. He is lovely, kind-hearted and down to earth husband,  father and grandfather. His just a decent human being who would go to the nth degree to help and support anyone who need his assistance whether he know you or not.

Ken spent his adult life in education and anyone who happen to attend Cardinal Educational Enterprise Ltd at Circular Road in the 80s and early 90s, established by the late great Professor Newman Smart (of blessed memory) in Freetown would have known or heard of him. He was a good teacher and mentor and of tremendous help and pillar of support to many. He continue in this noble profession here in the UK until he retires.

“If something comes to life in others because of you, then you have made an approach to immortality” Norman Cousins. That is what Ken did in his professional life.

He is a sociable and likeable guy and a very special person who had a smile on his face and is always teasing and laughing but without malice and even in his later years remained that lad at heart. For the many friends he made, I am sure there are many special moments that now enter your mind as you think of how glorious each day was, that you had the pleasure of sharing his company. We had great time together and of course what we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose.

“Cousins are cool to see, impossible to forget and true to your heart”. Leo Farno

Fare-thee-well brother and may The Good Lord Almighty have mercy on your dear good and gentle soul. Till then…

May you Rest in Perfect Peace.

Norman Thompson

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