Last Friday at St Mary the Virgin church in Stone was held the funeral of Nancy Wightman, who had served as a councillor in Brent ward since 2003.
Nancy had lived in Dartford for her entire life and immersed herself in activities that benefited the local community. She was active as a school governor, as a magistrate and at a number of local schools, including Brent School and what would become the Leigh Academy. She was active in Dartford Ladies' Probus Club, the Cub Scouts and was actively involved with St Mary the Virgin church.
Above all, she had a passion for sport, particularly tennis and athletics. She was a keen runner and had a lengthy involvement with Dartford Harriers, serving as a Life Vice President.
At the very well attended service, Nancy's son Geoff told the attendees in his eulogy of how she had been a keen motorcyclist in her youth, of her competitiveness in the mothers' race at school sports day and of her wilfulness in getting a new running track for Dartford Harriers when serving as Club President. Taking advantage of Zola Budd appearing in her first competitive race, in an admirable act of entrepreneurship she impulsively charged broadcast rights to several of the broadcasters to make enough money for the new track.
The service, which featured the hymns One More Step Along The World I Go and Abide With Me, concluded fittingly with the singing of Jerusalem.
We shall all miss Nancy for all that she has done in dedication to her community.