Farewell to the councillor with a heart of gold’
PETER Dickinson, Chatteris Town and Fenland District Councillor died last Thursday. He was 68. Born in Greenwich, London, Mr Dickinson worked in the motor pool at RAF Wyton where he met his wife, Pat, in 1956. They married in 1958 and moved to Chatteris i
PETER Dickinson, Chatteris Town and Fenland District Councillor died last Thursday. He was 68.
Born in Greenwich, London, Mr Dickinson worked in the motor pool at RAF Wyton where he met his wife, Pat, in 1956. They married in 1958 and moved to Chatteris in 1975.
Mr Dickinson, of St Martin's Road, Chatteris, retired from his work as a long distance lorry driver in 1992 after suffering a heart attack.
It was at this point that he took up community work. He became a governor of Meadowgate School, Wisbech, in 1993 and was elected to the town council in 1994.
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He was a Conservative member of Fenland Council, representing Chatteris, Slade Lode Ward.
He was an active member of Cambridgeshire Fish Preservation Society at Block Fen, work which his wife Pat described as his "first love".
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There will be a funeral service at St Peters and St Pauls Parish Church, Chatteris, on Tuesday (2.15pm), followed by cremation and afterwards at Chatteris Conservative Club.
Councillor Florence Newell, chairman of Chatteris Town Council said: "He was an extremely good councillor. He was a brusque man with a heart of gold and I will greatly miss him."
Councillor Ray German said of Mr Dickinson: "He was a fantastic colleague who supported the council and we pulled in the same direction while working for Chatteris. They don't come along like him very often."
Town Council clerk Joanna Melton said: "He worked hard for the council and was always very conscientious in his work. He was always prepared to step in and represent the chairman and vice-chairman when required. He was a good man.