Donington father and village leader passes away suddenly, aged 68
Family and friends have offered moving tributes to a leader and "gentleman" of Donington who passed away suddenly, aged 68.
Arthur Baldwin, chairman of Donington Parish Council, died last Tuesday (June 23) after what a council spokesman described as "a very short stay in hospital".
During his time as a parish councillor, after first becoming a member in July 2011, Mr Baldwin tried unsuccessfully to save Donington's Royal British Legion club building in Malting Lane.
He also volunteered for Donington in Bloom and was a regular blood donor for which he was recognised by the NHS in 2016 after Mr Baldwin gave 100 pints over a fifty-year period.
Sister Jane Darley, of Pinchbeck, who was also presented with a medal and certificate for reaching the landmark, said: "Arthur was very quiet but if anybody wanted anything, he would help them out.
"He worked very hard for the parish council and had also recently made given his 115th blood donation, something that he was very proud of."
After studying at agricultural college, Mr Baldwin went on to work in the farming supplies industry.
As well as Mra Darley, Mr Baldwin is survived by another sister Irene Wilson, brother John, daughter Laura, three nieces, a nephew and his partner of 16 years, Irene Watson.
Coun Jane Stanley, parish council vice chairman, said: "I knew Arthur for a long, long time and he was a really good friend.
"He was such a nice chap and I think we'll all miss him."
Gill Lunn, an IDEA (Improving the Donington Environment for All) committee member, said: "Arthur was always very helpful to us as parish council chairman and he was always very positive.
"He had taken on the mantle of working for Donington in Bloom, planting in the village and going out to do the watering early in the morning.
Donington parish and district councillor Jane King said: "Arthur was a gentleman who cared about the village and he will be very sadly missed because he always had time for people in the parish."