March 21st, 2023

The passing of Ken Prosser

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of Ken Prosser, co-founder of Prosser Knowles.

Ken Prosser and June Knowles formed the company in 1987 from Ken’s spare bedroom before moving to Church Street, Kidderminster in 1988.  Ken later said that the move to Church Street was like coming home, as one of his first full-time jobs was working from offices in Church Street where his duties as an office junior included building and stoking the fires.

From small beginnings in Ken’s spare room, he and June built a company that today spans offices in Worcestershire and Gloucestershire and employs more than 30 team members.

Ken was well-respected and worked tirelessly, not only for the company but also the local community. He served as a local councillor and Freemason in his spare time, although he was always very modest about his achievements and input.

He was a fair, caring and generous employer, always keen to get to know his staff and assist them in any way he could. He emphasised the importance of what could be achieved together and supported everyone in their career development.

Ken lived a varied and full life and was always eager to help those around him, which is why he was perfectly suited to his role as a Financial Adviser: he enjoyed helping people plan for their future, achieve better returns on their investments than they would on their own, retire in comfort and purchase their own homes.

Ken retired from the business in December 2012 leaving the company in the hands of Andrew Prosser (his son), Nicholas Aston and John Currill (now retired).

Following his retirement party, Ken said, “Whilst I have to believe you when you thank me for what I’ve done, none of it would have been possible without the commitment and loyalty that you’ve all shown to the PKAL cause, and I wish you many more happy years.”

Ken passed peacefully on Thursday 9th March. His funeral will be held on 31st March 2023 at 3.30 pm at the Wyre Forest Crematorium.

Ken will be remembered fondly by all who had the honour of working with him at Prosser Knowles. He was a true gentleman and will be greatly missed by those who had the pleasure of knowing and loving him.

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