Customers and colleagues have been paying tribute to much-loved Maidstone postie, Paul Dunmill, who sadly passed away on 30January after a month-long battle with Covid-19.
Paul had been a postman in East Farleigh, in the Maidstone district of Kent, for the past 20 years. He leaves behind Sue, his loving wife, and Craig, his son.
A Just Giving page, which has been set up to raise £10,000 for Paul’s family, describes him as: ‘The absolute sunshine in everyone’s day in East Farleigh.
‘He was honestly the loveliest man to walk these paths and lanes. The kindest man, the most honourable.
‘Wind, rain or shine, his cheerful soul would deliver our post with always that same giving smile.
‘Always time to chat, to care, to leave those parcels hidden. To play and love the pets of ours that adored him.
‘To help fix a wheel arch back on with gaffer tape, swing on a tree branch so you could reach to saw it. This was Paul.’
Maidstone delivery office manager, Doug Emmett, said: ‘It’s heart-breaking to lose one of your own posties.
‘Paul was a true gentleman, and this comes as a huge loss to all of us at the Maidstone office.
‘Paul always went above and beyond for his customers, working many long days to ensure he completed his route no matter the weather or the volumes.
‘Much loved by his colleagues for his sense of humour, Paul always had time for a chat and a smile no matter the circumstances. He was a lovely colleague and friend to many past and present staff at the Maidstone office.
‘The outpouring from his customers who he delivered to for the past 20 years gives a sense of how much he was valued and loved by many.
‘Paul will be missed by all his colleagues, especially the Farleigh team whom he worked side by side with for so many years. As a local tribute and permanent reminder, Paul’s delivery route has been renamed to ‘Paul’s Farleigh’.
The funeral will take place at Vinters Park Crematorium in Maidstone. Paul will be taken along his delivery route in East Farleigh by horse and carriage for his many customers and friends to pay their respects and say their goodbyes.
Paul will be joined by his closest Royal Mail friends along the route. Many more colleagues will join Paul either in Royal Mail vehicles or uniforms along the roads on the final part of the journey.