TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Sutton police chief and sub postmaster who died at the weekend following a long illness.
Kevin Aldread, who was 58, died in the early hours of Saturday after suffering long-standing heart and kidney problems.
Born in Blidworth, Mr Aldread was a high profile member of Nottinghamshire Police for 22 years and he worked as the Inspector and Local Area Commander at Sutton Police Station from 1994 until 1998.
He retired from his role in 1998 due to ill health.
Paying tribute to him this week, his son Dr Colin Aldread said: “Even as a child, I remember he had a clear sense of right and wrong, public order, duty and respect and making sure everything was right.
“He always enjoyed working directly with the public.”
Mr Aldread was the son of a miner and he did begin his career in policing.
“For a few years, he worked as a tool maker so the police was a contrast to his previous life,” says Dr Aldread.
Mr Aldread, who has also worked at police stations in Hucknall and Mansfield, was instrumental in helping Nottinghamshire Police raise £18,000 for the renal unit at Nottingham City Hospital when it was the chief constable’s chosen charity in 1998.
“When he was in the police force, he raised a lot of money for charity,” said Dr Aldread.
Mr Aldread organised many fundraising events such as the gruelling Three Peaks Challenge, where participants aim to climb the three highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales within 24 hours.
After retiring from the force, he worked as a sub postmaster at Skegby Post Office from 1998 until December last year when he sold the business.
Mr Aldread lived in Sutton for most of his adult life and was living on Fackley Way in Stanton Hill when he died.
“There must be thousands of people in Sutton who knew him,” added Dr Aldread.
“He was well-known in the local area.”
Outside of work, family was very important to Mr Aldread and he leaves behind his two sons, Colin and Robert and a daughter Helen. All three of his children were educated in the Ashfield area.
He also leaves behind his wife Ann Aldread whom he married in 2006.
In his spare time, he enjoyed watching his grandsons playing football at the weekends.
He was also a keen footballer himself and played on police teams before he suffered ill health.
In addition, he enjoyed taking regular holidays to Florida.
Mr Aldread’s friends and former colleagues are all welcome to attend his funeral.
It will take place at St Mary’s Church in Sutton on Friday at 11am.
The funeral will take place at St Mary’s Church, Sutton on Friday at 11am.