A FORMER Bromsgrove District Councillor who represented the authority for 28 years has passed away at the age of 78.
Colin Wilson, who was a Labour councillor for Rubery from 1987 to 2015 and served on the planning committee, died on June 25.
His Bromsgrove District Council colleague Coun Peter McDonald praised Colin for his dedication and campaigning.
“He was a well-known and he was a lovely man with a chirpy smile.”
Coun Michael Thompson, the leader of Bromsgrove Labour Group, said: “He won six elections back-to-back and was an exceptional councillor in our local party which owes him a debt of gratitude for what he achieved.
“He was one of the most genuine guys you could ever meet.
“Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”
Bromsgrove District Council leader Coun Geoff Denaro said: “I worked with Colin for a number of years and he was always very approachable.
“He was a nice person and an effective councillor.
“With the experience he brought he made a very capable contribution to both the planning committee and the council in general.”
Sue Baxter, from the independents, said: “We have been around together as councillors for many years.
“He was a councillor who put his values before politics, one of the good guys.
“We disagreed sometimes but we always got on and he talked a lot of sense on the planning committe.
“It was really sad to hear that Colin had died and I shall miss him.”
He is survived by his wife June and son Kevin.
His funeral will take place at Lodge Hill Crematorium at midday on Wednesday, July 11.
Family flowers only,
Donations can be sent to Age UK’s Dementia Advice Service.