Former Dover mayor Ronnie Philpott has died after a battle with motor neurone disease

Former Dover mayor Veronica Philpott has died.

The long serving town councillor, also known as Ronnie, passed away when her life support machine was switched off with her family at her bedside at Kent and Canterbury Hospital on Friday (May 25).

Her husband Christopher, who works for he franchise holder at Dover Town Hall, described her as “a true people’s person”.

She had been suffering from motor neurone disease.

Ronnie proved a popular town mayor of Dover in the year 2013-2014.

She was a member of the Labour Party and represented Tower Hamlets, where she lived, on the council.

Educated at Astor secondary school Ronnie worked for some time in a shoe shop and at one stage was the deputy manager of the Ryder Home care centre in London Road.

 She leaves a husband, Christopher Robin, and son Shaun.

A committed Christian, she was a church warden at Charlton Church where she worked among the Charlton community and further afield.

She also served at Dover Grammar School for Girls, where she represented the non-teaching staff on the board of governors.

A friend who was with her during the final stages of her active life said: “Ronnie was a Christian who was not afraid of death.”


Ronnie Philpott was a well-known Dover figure

Profits from the forthcoming cabaret night at Dover Town Hall at 7.30pm on June 10 to celebrate what would have been Dean Martin’s 100th Birthday will be donated to motor neurone disease charities.

Anybody interested in attending can buy tickets for £15 or £135 for a full table of 10 by calling the ticketline on 07920 255493.

For more information people can visit the company website on

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