FAMILY and friends have paid tribute to a former chairman of South Holland District Council.
Richard Hartfil died on May 17 after a short illness. He was 58.
He became chairman of the district council in 1998 and had also been a Donington parish councillor.
His wife Linda described him as a “talented and gifted man”, while family friend Jill Lunn said he had made an “enormous contribution to village life”.
Mr Hartfil, a well-respected plant and produce grower in the family business E Hartfil and Sons, also leaves a son Asa, daughter Lauren and two grandchildren Charlie and Alfie.
A family cremation will be held in Boston at 11.30am tomorrow, followed by a memorial service at Donington Church at 1pm.
Family flowers only, with donations to Marie Curie and St Barnabas.
The service will be followed by a get-together of Mr Hartfil’s many friends and family at The Poacher Hotel, Kirton Holme.
Mrs Lunn said: “Everyone has been very saddened by Richard’s death. He was a very sociable man, who had a lot of friends.
“Before he came ill he used to invite a lot of people round to his house and there were a lot of great times there. He will be greatly missed.
“He did a lot for the village of Donington. He was heavily involved in setting up the community centre and he belonged to Donington in Bloom.
“He deserves a lot of credit for all the things he achieved.”
And district councillor Angela Newton said Mr Hartfil represented the council with “dignity and style” during his year as chairman and was held in high regard by members.
She also said: “Richard was very active in his beloved Donington and was always keen to make sure those of us from other parts of the district fully understood what was happening in his ward.
“He always sought our support to ensure his parishioners got a fair share of the cake.
“Our thoughts go out to Linda and family at this sad time.”
Mrs Hartfil said she was incredibly proud of her husband, whom she had been married to for 37 years, and has very happy memories of many of the events they attended during her husband’s time on the council.
She said: “We did a lot of things that only come along once in a lifetime.”