It was with great sadness that we heard the news of Gordon’s passing on June 16 2015. But no matter the loss that we on the council feel, our primary thoughts are with Gordon’s wife Jenny, and their family. We wish you all our heartfelt condolences and, of course, our support.
A Councillor since 2009, Gordon was an exemplary representative for his community. As a colleague on the Council, he was quick to offer support and guidance, yet he was also characterised by a strong ethical sense of what was right.
Gordon was far more than a councillor ‘in name only’. He committed large amounts of his time and energy in support of our community, and was always one of the first to volunteer for additional duties. Perhaps more importantly, during the past 4 years, when there have been a number of major projects going on in the village, Gordon was a constant point of support and advice for the council staff – in this regard, he will not be easily replaced.
And, what of his legacy? In the October 2009 edition of Hook Focus, just before the by-election in which he was elected on to the Parish Council, Gordon wrote that his aims were:
- Constantly improving the facilities of the village for the benefit of all.
- To reduce the incidents of vandalism in partnership with the police.
- Ensuring that future projects are beneficial to the local businesses and economy of the village.
He added that:
“I hope that I can contribute in some small way to maintaining and enhancing the village for us and future generations.”
Gordon, you have done all of that, and so much more.
You will be missed and remembered by us all.
Iain Chalmers, Chairman, Hook Parish Councillor