Former South Holland District Council chairman dies

Former council chairman Colin Fisher illustrating some of his many roles.
Former council chairman Colin Fisher illustrating some of his many roles.
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Former council chairman Colin Fisher, who gave his life to public service in a host of roles, has died aged 82 at his Spalding home.

His son and daughter, Andrew and Diane, painted a picture of the way he left this world.

Colin was very much his own man and one of the best ward councillors you could wish to meet.

Coun Angela Newton

Colin had enjoyed a cup of tea with breakfast and was relaxing on the settee, gas fire on low, watching TV.

They said: “For those of you who knew Dad, we hope this leaves you a lovely picture of him before he started his final journey to be with Mum.”

Colin was chairman of South Holland District Council in 2001 and 2002 but, sadly, his wife Sylvia – who had ably assisted him – died aged 69 after the term of office ended.

Long-time colleague Coun Angela Newton said Colin was first elected to the district council in 1973 and remained a very active member until the early 2000s. He also served on the county council.

She said: “Colin was very much his own man and one of the best ward councillors you could wish to meet.

“Nothing was too much trouble for Colin.

“Even after he ceased to be a councillor, he was a good help to me. Residents still went to him with their problems and we would sort them out.

“Above all, I know his family were his number one priority.

“When Colin was chairman of South Holland District Council he was ably assisted by his beloved wife, Sylvia. They were wonderful ambassadors for the district.

“We will all miss Colin and seeing him walk past in the morning, collecting his newspaper and still putting things right in the ward.

“I was proud to know Colin and grateful for all he did for South Holland and the county.”

Colin had worn top hat and tails to the Queen’s garden parties as well as being South Holland’s chain-wearing first citizen.

But that didn’t stop him being a man of the people.

Daughter Diane said: “He was the sort of councillor who, if someone had got a problem with a blocked drain, he would get his rods and go and clear it. He was hands on.”

He did his national service in the RAF and stayed in touch with one of his colleagues, England and Yorkshire cricketer Fred Trueman.

Colin organised the Wings Appeal collection for Spalding branch of The Royal Air Forces Association and was branch secretary from 1961 until his death.

Colin was also a RAFA standard bearer and his son, Andy, is proudly following in his footsteps.

RAFA area director Ken Clarke said Colin joined RAFA in 1957 following his national service and gave unstinting support for more than 50 years.

Mr Clarke said: “He was awarded a National Presidential Certificate, the association’s highest award, in conjunction with the New Year’s Honours List 2011.”

Colin’s many voluntary roles saw him instrumental in getting Monkshouse Community Centre (now part of the school) built, organising charity bingos for more than 20 years and working as voluntary driver with a church Sunday lunch club, Age Concern and the car service taking people to hospital appointments. He was a big supporter of the hospital league of friends.

He was also three times chairman of Spalding ATC’s civilian committee.

Colin chaired the local bowls league, played at various clubs and umpired for many years at Skegness. He also organised many darts competitions across the county.

Colin was a milkman, Corona pop man and was employed at various supermarkets in Spalding. He drove for Elsey’s Coaches of Gosberton and was finally a caretaker at Ayscoughfee School before retirement.

There will be a thanksgiving service for Colin’s life at Spalding United Reformed Church at 4pm on Friday, February 19. The thanksgiving follows a private family service at Surfleet Crematorium.