Tributes to Ken the driving instructor

A WELL-known Ipswich-based driving instructor has died. Fondly remembered today by his family for his sense of humour Ken Paine, of Yew Tree Close, Ipswich, ran the Merit Driving School for more than 40 years.

A WELL-known Ipswich-based driving instructor has died.

Fondly remembered today by his family for his sense of humour Ken Paine, of Yew Tree Close, Ipswich, ran the Merit Driving School for more than 40 years.

He died at Ipswich Hospital from a heart attack on November 18 2004. He was 68.

Speaking from his home in Milton Keynes Ken's brother Philip described him as a determined character who refused to let life-long arthritis stop him from enjoying life.

He said: "He worked right up until the end of his life. He suffered from severe arthritis from childhood but he would never give up. He felt he should keep going."

Philip also remembered his brother's sense of fun.

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He said: "Anyone who knew him would say his sense of humour was always at the forefront. He never lost his sense of humour even when he was in hospital. He kept everyone entertained."

Long-term partner Jean Gooding said Ken was cremated at Ipswich Crematorium on December 2.

She said: "He had three children and a grandson from previous relationship. I met him about 20 years ago and we lived together for the last seven years. He was always very interested in his work. He must have taught hundreds of drivers."

A man with diverse interests including motorcycles, theatre, and photographraphy Ken went to a reunion with former motorcycling friends shortly before he died.

Jean added: "He was a kind hearted man and he was very good humoured. He liked to help people where he could. He was always telling jokes and saw the funny side in everything."