IT is with great sadness that Reading Borough Council has learnt that Kay Everett, former Mayor and Freeman of the Borough, has passed away.
Kay Everett passed away last Wednesday (Sep 27th) in Royal Berkshire Hospital. She was 89.
She is survived by her four children, and her seven grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. The thoughts of everyone at the Council are with her family at this time.
Kay Everett was a former Labour Councillor, elected for Church Ward in 1983. As a Councillor she was particularly known as a champion for older people in Reading.
She served as Mayor in 1988/89. In her end of year Mayoral year speech in 1989, Kay Everett mentioned being present at the opening of Rivermead Leisure Centre, opening of the Victorian Schoolroom at Katesgrove School and driving a JCB to start work on Katesgrove children’s centre.
In June 2001, Kay Everett was also made a Freeman of the Borough. On Friday April 24th 2009, Kay Everett exercised her right and privilege as Freeman of the Borough to take sheep over Caversham bridge in order to publicise a Beating the Bounds walk in aid of Age Concern. She was accompanied by schoolchildren from Thameside Primary School and around 40 sheep on the day.
Reading Borough Council Mayor Rose Williams said:
“Kay Everett was a great stalwart of Reading and a great champion of older people’s rights in the town. She was greatly respected by everyone who knew her.
“Her determination and single-mindedness were admired by everyone, as was perfectly illustrated by her exercising her right to accompany 40 sheep over Caversham Bridge in order to raise awareness of Age Concern. She will be missed and the thoughts of all of us are with her family at this sad time.”
Kay Everett’s funeral will take place in the South Chapel of Reading Crematorium at 12.15pm on Wednesday 11th October.
Notes to Editors:
A photograph of Kay Everett as Mayor of Reading is available on request from Reading Council Press Office.