THE founder of Humberside’s first Neighbourhood Watch scheme and a prominent community leader, Ken Dockray, has died aged 82.
Mr Dockray, of Matson Road, Bridlington, spent much of his life in Bridlington working for the community. His achievements include setting up West Hill Neighbourhood Watch, the first in the region. He also helped found West Hill Resident’s Association, becoming chairman for 24 years, and was instrumental in it getting its own community office in Bessingby Gate.
He campaigned for improvements on Bridlington’s Havenfield Estate including the installation of CCTV and was a former chairman and president of the Bridlighton Branch of the British Legion and a strong supporter of the Bridlington Combined Ex-Services branch.
Mr Dockray joined the armed forces himself when he was just 16 and his career included 17 years with the Coldstream Guards including special services, all of which saw him serving in many parts of the world including Korea.
Originally from Leeds he was a former Leeds city councillor for the Armley area for five years. On leaving the forces he gained nursing qualifications and worked in a number of hospitals before becoming a hospital officer at Leeds Prison.
Chiropody studies followed and after qualifiying at London University moved to Bridlington with his wife Marjorie in 1973 and worked at Moorfield School clinic, Later he worked at Bridlington Health Centre.
He served as secretary of the Bridlington Hospital Defence League born out of protests at the closure of general wards at the former Avenue Hospital in 1985 and was founding co-ordinator of Victim Support for East Yorkshire. In contrast to his other community work he also acted as Santa in his Grotto in King Street for a number of years.
His son Paul who lived next door to him in Matson Road, said: “He helped the community in lots of ways. He gave so much and was very well known in Bridlington. We all remember him for that but not least for his great sense of humour.”
Mr Dockray died on December 26 in Scarborough hospital where he had been receiving treatment for recently discovered bowel cancer.
Widowed in 2009 after the loss of his wife Marjorie he leaves three children, Paul, Martin and Margaret and four grandchildren.
His funeral is today at 2pm at Octon Crematorium.