TRUE bobby on the beat, grandfather Ken Browne has died in retirement in Gloucester.
A community copper through and through, Gloucester born and bred Mr Browne, 74, joined the county constabulary in 1970 and remained with it for almost 30 years.
Probationer, PC, and then Sgt with Gloucestershire Police Mr Browne signed on because he felt he could make a difference in the community, his son Rob said.
“He loved it,” said Mr Browne, who followed in his father’s footsteps as an officer with Avon and Somerset Constabulary.
“He became beat manager a Elmbridge Road in Gloucester ... it was a little station, the days of Panda cars ... one of the best parts of his career,” Mr Browne said.
On promotion Sgt Browne went to Swindon Road in Cheltenham, later to the small Cheltenham Road East police station in Churchdown for nine years, and finally to Cinderford before his retirement in September 1996.
“He loved working in a semi urban environment, dealing with community issues, meeting and greeting the community,” said Mr Browne.
His father also passed his inspector’s exam but never achieved promotion to that rank.
Brought up at Northgate Mansions in the city, Mr Browne attended King’s School and began his working life as an apprentice at Reynolds flour mills in Gloucester Docks.
He remained there, rising to become mill manager, for 15 or 16 years until his career change beckoned.
Married for 44 years to Angela, who predeceased him in 2011, Mr Browne is survived by his son, daughter Laura, and four grandchildren.
A “gentle giant” to his family, Mr Browne, lived in Barnwood and since 1983 at Highnam.
An oarsman and winner of many trophies with the Gloucester Rowing Club, Mr Browne was also a keen and talented water colourist who produced many paintings of Gloucester Cathedral and of countryside views.
Mr Browne died after a sudden illness at Gloucester Royal Hospital on February 7.
His funeral is due to take place on Friday afternoon, february 14th, at Gloucester Crematorium.