Community champion David Bage has died aged 85.
A much-loved resident of Lynsted, he died following a short illness on Tuesday, October 19.
As recently as August Bank Holiday weekend, he oversaw his 55th annual village church fete.
He moved to Lynsted in 1954 with his wife Peggy, only intending to stay for a few months.
But, in 2004 his many and varied contributions to life in and around the village saw him awarded the MBE for services to Lynsted.
A church warden for 53 years, he also served on the parish council in various roles for 35 years, was on the board of governors of Lynsted and Norton Primary School for 22 years, and was a founder member of both the Lynsted Branch of the Association of Men of Kent and Kentish Men and the Lynsted with Kingsdown Society.
Mr Bage also received Maundy Money from the Queen at Canterbury Cathedral and was particularly moved and honoured by a surprise party held for him by the community in 2003.
An extremely modest man, he threw all his energy into the village. He was said to be everyone's favourite father figure, uncle, brother or friend.
Because of his ability to sweet-talk people into getting involved in the parish, he has left a lasting legacy of a lively and active community.
Mr Bage was the editor of the parish magazine - a hefty monthly publication of more than 70 pages - for 23 years. Just days before his death he was fretting over the November issue being late. A funeral and memorial service will take place in the village on Monday.