LIFELONG scouting stalwart and former member of Mudeford Sea Scouts Peter Kearley passed away on July 21st.

Peter rose through the ranks with Christchurch Cubs and Scouts to become District Commissioner and District Secretary after his move to Thatcham, Berkshire

The holder of numerous Scouting long service awards, Peter was born in Somerford in 1953, attending The Grange School, before gaining an engineering apprenticeship at SRDE, the Government signals research establishment sited where Airfield Industrial estate is today. 

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He developed a taste for the outdoor life and was soon camping, hiking and more importantly, afloat, with the Mudeford Sea Scouts (10th Christchurch) with then scout leader Keith Swettenham and later David Stevens.

Simon Gardiner knew Peter from cub scout days until his death, they shared the same interests, and later became brothers-in-law. Both Christchurch Scouts, Simon said: "We grew up together. Peter was the real deal. His sudden death came as a great shock. He had abundant enthusiasm, a wry sense of humour, was ever reliable, and the best of friend you could have."

At age 11 Peter joined the Christchurch Gang Show. Excelling on stage, he was awarded the coveted Gand Show scarf, by Gang Show creator Ralph Reader. As the quality of the annual Spring shows rose, so did Peter’s commitment, and he moved on the produce and direct his own group Gang Shows for many years.

Peter married Highcliffe girl Vivienne Keeble in 1976, followed by a move to Thatcham. Son Mark and daughters Emma and Joanne arrived, all of whom joined with their parents’ diverse outdoor pursuits which now included running, cycling, and squash which Peter had played since his Christchurch days. 

An energetic and imaginative Scout leader, Peter gained the qualifications to lead scout groups on demanding expeditions. 

Simon added: "Peter succeeded in his career working at Aldermaston (AWE) for over 40 years, while also rising through the Scout Association to become a greatly admired and experienced senior leader and Commissioner . More than that, someone you could always rely upon whatever the occasion, and a true lifelong friend."

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