TRIBUTES TO LATE PARISH CHAIRMAN
Family remember parish chairman as a ‘beautiful person’
TRIBUTES have been paid to a respected community leader who has been described by his family as ‘a beautiful person’.
Chairman of Chalfont St Giles Parish Council Bill Warren, 79, died on Monday after being rushed to King’s College Hospital in London with a blood clot in his leg. He leaves wife Marian, five sons and 11 grandchildren.
Mr Warren of Dibden Hill who was a member of the parish church moved to the village in 1991. He joined the parish council a decade ago and was elected chairman in 2010.
Originally from Slough, Mr Warren finished National Service as a Second Lieutenant before working for Rockwool Insulation.
He then worked from his garage to launch Warren Insulation in the early 1980s which became a major UK distributor of insulation products and was eventually floated on the stock market.
“We had a good time together,” said Mrs Warren. “He was a beautiful person, the nicest and kindest I have ever met.
“I will miss him desperately. It leaves a great yawning hole with all of us, not just me.”
Chartered engineer Mr Warren drew praise from his fellow councillors and villagers for his efforts to protect his village’s environment and the countryside.
He was a passionate campaigner against HS2, the high speed rail line, and strongly promoted environmental work on the River Misbourne.
Mrs Warren remembers his love of sports and his keen devotion to cycling when he was younger.
The pair went to school together and met again later while volunteering at The League of Friends of The Slough Hospitals before marrying 16 years ago.
Mrs Warren said: “He was always willing to help anybody, which was why he became chairman of the parish council. He was easy-going and had a placid nature, but give him a project and he would be at it 101 per cent.”
Fellow councillor Des Bray said: “I loved him to bits. He was one of the kindest, gentlest people.
“I never heard him say anything horrible about anybody. He really was a true gentleman and a very intelligent man.
His son, Chris Warren, said: “For me personally he was a dad, a friend, a mentor, he was everything.”
TRIBUTES: Bill Warren who died on Monday has been remembered warmly by his family and by fellow councillors