Trib­utes to ex-coun­cil­lor

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JON MACPHER­SON

TRIB­UTES have been paid to a former coun­cil­lor who died af­ter a bat­tle with can­cer.

Dou­glas Deakin rep­re­sented Hun­coat for the Con­ser­va­tive Party across four decades and was an ‘im­por­tant’ cab­i­net mem­ber in the late 1990s.

The grand­fa­ther-oftwo suf­fered two heart at­tacks in 2002 and ear­lier this year was di­ag­nosed with gall blad­der can­cer.

Dou­glas passed away at Royal Black­burn Hos­pi­tal on Sun­day, Septem­ber 30 - three days af­ter doc­tors told him he would have three months to live.

His wife Rita, who was mar­ried to her ‘soul­mate’ for 38 years, said Dou­glas will be greatly missed.

She said: “He has been ill since Christ­mas and the hos­pi­tal staff have been ab­so­lutely won­der­ful.

“It was a bless­ing in a way [when he died] be­cause we saw him suf­fer so much.

“They said on Fri­day he had three months to live but he passed away on Sun­day so that was a bit of a shock. He was so poorly.

“He loved so­cial­is­ing and was a great with con­ver­sa­tion. He kissed a Blar­ney Stone in Ire­land once and that gave him the gift of the gab.”

Re­tired sales as­sis­tant Rita, 76, who lives in West End, Oswaldtwistle, added: “He was so very well liked and we are ex­pect­ing a lot of peo­ple at his fu­neral.”

Dou­glas, who worked as an ac­coun­tant, served as a Hun­coat coun­cil­lor from 1979 to 1980, 1982 to 1986 and 1999 to 2001.

Former coun­cil leader Peter Brit­cliffe said: “Dou­glas was an im­por­tant mem­ber of the Con­ser­va­tive team run­ning Hyn­d­burn in the late 1990s. He was our main spokesper­son on fi­nance.

“Dur­ing those years when we had a ma­jor­ity of one on the coun­cil I could al­ways de­pend on Dou­glas to keep the coun­cil on a steady fi­nan­cial foot­ing.

“He was also a great cham­pion for Hun­coat and the peo­ple who lived there.

“Thoughts go out to his wife Rita and his fam­ily at this sad time.”

Con­ser­va­tive group leader Coun Tony Dob- son said: “He was just a re­ally nice guy who wanted to do his best for the peo­ple he rep­re­sented.

“Un­for­tu­nately poor health got the bet­ter of him in those later years but I al­ways found him to be jolly.”

Dou­glas leaves wife Rita, chil­dren Kathryn and Nina, daugh­ter-in­law Claire and two grand­chil­dren.

A fu­neral ser­vice will be held at Ac­cring­ton Cre­ma­to­rium on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 12, at 3pm. Fam­ily flow­ers only and do­na­tions can be made to The Dogs Trust.

SEE obituary be­low.

Former Hun­coat coun­cil­lor Dou­glas Deakin

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