Tributes have been paid to passionate Leighton Buzzard councillor Alan Shadbolt, who has died just weeks before he was due to stand for re-election.
The funeral takes place next Tuesday (April 7) for Mr Shadbolt, who passed away on March 23. The 74-year-old lived in Hockliffe and represented Leighton Buzzard on both Central Beds Council and the town council.
A Conservative politician, who used to work at Renault Trucks in Dunstable, he also previously served on Hockliffe Parish Council and the former South Beds District Council.
A statement to the LBO from his wife Valerie and family said: “All our family are very proud of what dad achieved during his years in office, not only as a Unitary Councillor but also through the parish and town councils.
“Alan was always willing to help anyone he could, he was even responding to emails and social media enquiries during his last few weeks in hospital.
“To him his position as a Unitary councillor was central to his life and up until a week before he passed away he was adamant he was going to stand for re-election, despite his health.”
Paul Orchard-Lisle, president of South West Beds Conservative Association added: “It is with much sadness that we say farewell and pay our respects to Cllr Alan Shadbolt.
“He was a hard-working councillor who had many hats including that of Unitary Councillor for Central Bedfordshire Council where he was chairman of development management, and then subsequently vice chairman of that committee. He served on the Bedfordshire Fire Authority, was a town councillor for Leighton Linslade Town Council, chairman of Hockliffe Parish Council, treasurer for his beloved bowls club and treasurer for South West Beds Conservative Association.
“He was a hard working, responsive councillor who enjoyed the many challenges of his demanding and varied roles. He will be greatly missed by all these organisations, his numerous colleagues and the public he served.
“We extend our sincere condolences to his wife and family at this sad time.”
Mr Shadbolt’s funeral will be at 2.30pm at All Saints Church in the town, with donations to the RNLI which can be sent via www.memorygiving.com/alanshadbolt.
Anyone who knew him is welcome to attend.