Henry gave his heart to Beaconsfield
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.
BACK TO ROOTS: Henry Wilson outside the Anglican cathedral in Valletta