Friday, March 24, 2023

Obituary – Ken Schofield ‘A True Brummie!’

Just before Christmas one our most colourful characters in the Jewellery Quarter died suddenly from pneumonia at his cottage in Cornwall.

For several years Ken owned a large block of buildings bordering Frederick Street, Regent Street, and Vittoria Street, which now includes the Vertu Bar and the Chinese Restaurant.

When Ken first took possession of the buildings they were semi-derelict but now the only part of the site not renovated is the space behind the roller shutter doors in Regent Street where he was planning to turn the old stables into ‘starter-workshop’ units.

Ken was a director of The Jewellery Quarter Association for many years and always cared passionately about the heritage, the present, and the future of the area and preserving and teaching its world-renowned skills.

He was also a founder member of Jewellery Quarter Heritage and had great plans to extend its activities in 2016..

He was an expert in antiques, furniture, and Listed Building restoration and, together with his family, organised several Antique Fairs in the Quarter.

Kenny also had a wonderful sense of humour and always looked ‘on the bright side’ of any problems and he was always ‘there’ for all his friends and colleagues and never turned away anyone in genuine trouble.

Ken’s hearse was brought to the Vertu Bar on Friday 8th January and was driven around the Quarter, finally making its way to St. Paul’s Church for a commemorative service.

The world will be a sadder place without Ken Schofield and as his friend Prof. Carl Chinn said “He was a true Brummie!




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After attending Kens funeral today, I penned this rhyme:-

King of the quarter without doubt
Always social, out and about
A character, who loved to chat
Never seen without a hat
The hat collection grew with time
Some were silly, others sublime
Top hat, cowboy hat and French beret
Bowler to fez, fun and always merry
Will always expect him, around a corner
With a smile, a chat and of course a hat !

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