Tribute to Pinchbeck parish councillor 'with love of classic cars and an interest in politics' who has died, aged 73
A member of Pinchbeck Parish Council for nearly seven years has died of cancer, aged 73.
Leon Tetherton, who lived in Pinchbeck, was remembered by fellow parish councillors during a minute's silence before the start of its annual parish meeting at the end of March.
Mr Tetherton, who leaves behind partner Liz Mackay, two sons and three grandchildren, was elected onto Pinchbeck Parish Council in November 2012, about 30 years after moving to South Holland from London.
In a statement, his family said: "Leon was born in 1945 and then adopted as a baby by Charles and Ethel Tetherton, of Burton Upon Trent.
"His early childhood was spent in the small village of Hanbury in the Staffordshire countryside until, in the 1950s, his adoptive father’s work led to a move to London.
"The family settled in Buckhurst Hill, Essex, before the failing health of his father made it necessary for Leon's family to move out of the city.
"However, Leon himself stayed behind and forged some good friendships that were to remain strong for the rest of his life.
"Leon had a variety of careers, including as a shop fitter, insurance clerk and in the accounts department of a butcher's based at London's Smithfield Market.
"It was there that he met his former wife Val and they were married in 1971."
Mr Tetherton went on to set up a property maintenance business, during which time his two sons, Neil and James, were born in 1979 and 1981 respectively.
A year later, he moved to South Holland as his wife's family lived in Gosberton, selling his London-based business in the process.
The statement continued: "Val and Leon's marriage ended in1996 and he then began a relationship with Liz which lasted for the rest of his life.
"Leon shared his love of all things to do with wheels and an engine with his two sons and they were regular visitors to race circuits, such as Cadwell Park, Donington, Silverstone, Snetterton and Brands Hatch.
"In more recent years, Leon enjoyed trips to Le Mans, France, and Nurburgring, Germany, with James.
"Leon had an amazing, in-depth knowledge of classic cars, entering and winning numerous competitions with his TR5 and Jaguar XJS, as well as later on with Liz’s BMW Z3 and James’s Maserati.
"It was in 2003 that Leon was diagnosed with cancer for the first time, but went on to live a full life for another 16 years with Liz.
"Finally, Leon always had an interest in politics and was elected to Pinchbeck Parish Council, attending almost every meeting for nearly even years between November 2012 and January 2019."
Coun Elizabeth Sneath,Lincolnshire County Council member for Spalding Elloe which includes Pinchbeck, said: "Leon Tetherton was elected onto Pinchbeck Parish Council several years ago and despite his serious health difficulties, he worked hard to try and resolve issues for residents and for the good of the village."