Henry gave his heart to Bea­cons­field

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A FOR­MER mayor and town stal­wart has died.

Henry Wilson, of The Spin­ney, Bea­cons­field, died on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 4 after be­ing di­ag­nosed with a ter­mi­nal ill­ness.

Mr Wilson was Mayor of Bea­cons­field in 2008/9, which co­in­cided with his son be­ing mayor in Cam­bridgeshire.

Town coun­cil­lors held a minute’s si­lence on Thurs­day last week in mem­ory of Mr Wilson, with cur­rent mayor Steve Jones say­ing it was a sign of the re­gard in which peo­ple held him.

He was par­tic­u­larly ac­tive in the coun­cil’s fi­nan­cial af­fairs, he in­sti­gated the restora­tion of Geary’s Piece and Meadow, and sup­ported the en­hance­ment of play fa­cil­i­ties in Malt­house Square.

En­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues, waste dis­posal and park­ing in Old Town were his par­tic­u­lar con­cerns, and he was very sup­port­ive of Bea­cons­field Old Town Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion (BO­TRA) and the work of The Bea­cons­field So­ci­ety.

He was honorary trea­surer of Arthri­tis Care and chair­man of its res­i­den­tial home for the el­derly in Ex­mouth, and honorary trea­surer of Brad­bury House, Abbeyfield res­i­den­tial home.

He was a gov­er­nor at But­ler’s Court School for 10 years, and founded Bea­cons­field Twinning As­so­ci­a­tion.

In 2009 he joined the Ro­tary Club and later served as trea­surer, and as pres­i­dent in 2013/14.

He and his wife, Pat, were en­thu­si­as­tic mem­bers of Mar­low Folk Dance Club and he kept danc­ing un­til June.

Mr Wilson leaves three chil­dren, six grand­chil­dren and one great-grand­child.

He was born in Val­letta, Malta, where his fa­ther was in the Royal Navy and dreamed of re­turn­ing to Eng­land.

Eight Ro­tar­i­ans joined Mr Wilson on a trip to Malta in May this year. He vis­ited the Angli­can cathe­dral where his par­ents were mar­ried and where he was chris­tened.

Mr Wilson’s fu­neral is to­mor­row (Septem­ber 12) at 2pm at the Friends Meet­ing House, Jor­dans, where his civic cer­e­mony as mayor had been held.

Photo by Mar­garet Mathie

BACK TO ROOTS: Henry Wilson out­side the Angli­can cathe­dral in Val­letta

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