Tributes paid to popular former Councillor

Bill Dunn Bill Dunn

A former Councillor awarded the Freedom of South Derbyshire for his distinguished service to local communities has sadly passed away.

Bill Dunn was a member of Swadlincote Urban District Council from 1969 and went on to represent South Derbyshire District Council until 2011.

He was elected Chairman in 1983/84 and 1996/97 and also served as Leader and Deputy Leader, as well as Chairman of various committees.

His proudest moment came in July 2011, when he was presented with the Honorary Freedom of the District in ‘recognition and appreciation of his 42 years of eminent service’.

Bill passed away in the early hours of Wednesday, November 15, aged 87.

Tributes have been paid to the Council stalwart.

Cllr Bob Wheeler, Leader of South Derbyshire District Council, said:

“Bill was a doughty servant of the Council and the people of South Derbyshire.

“He was a man of great warmth and wit and will be sadly missed by his colleagues and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bill's family at this sad time.”

Bill was affectionately known as the father of the house in the Council Chamber and renowned for his keen sense of humour.

Cllr Kevin Richards, Leader of the opposition group at the Council, said:

"I had the pleasure and honour to know Bill for almost 40 years.

“During that time I, along with many others, have found him to be true friend and a man of the people. He always had time to chat and listen to the concerns of the people of South Derbyshire.

“Bill was a very likeable and friendly individual and I have fond memories our times together. Bill had the gift to inject snippets of humour in times of heated debate.

“He will be sadly missed by all. God bless you Bill, RIP."

Bill’s passions in life were his wife Madge, his family and friends, Sunderland Football Club and the residents he felt so proud to represent.

Council Chief Executive Frank McArdle said:

“If ever a Councillor deserves recognition for his devoted service, Bill Dunn was that person.  He was dedicated, humorous, kind and supportive and will be sadly missed in the community.”

Bill’s funeral cortege will pass the Civic Offices in Swadlincote at 9.30am on Friday, November 24 before a service is held at St John’s Church, Newhall.

The Council flag will fly at half-mast on the day.

17 November 2017