Tribute for Malcolm Parish, former District Councillor

Malcolm Parish, 85, of Cliff Road, Welton, passed away in his sleep after a short illness, in the early hours of Friday, 28th February 2020.

Mr. Stuart Kinch, Chairman of the Gainsborough Constituency Conservative Association, said:

“It is with great sadness that I learnt of the death of a stalwart friend of the Association. Malcolm Parish who had been a dedicated local councillor at West Lindsey District Council for thirty-one years, until the local elections in 2019. Malcolm will be greatly missed by all those who knew him, and I personally, will miss the experience and knowledge which he shared with me.

“On behalf of the Association I extend our deepest sympathies to his family.”

In his time Malcolm was a dedicated, passionate and hard-working district councillor and will be sadly missed by many people, his colleagues and by our Association.

Malcolm was first elected to West Lindsey District Council in 1988 as a Conservative district councillor and re-elected in 1992. He subsequently stood as an Independent candidate and won in 1996 and was re-elected in 1999 and 2003. By the time of the 2007 local elections Malcolm had returned to the Conservative benches and was re-elected to his seat as a Conservative district councillor. Malcolm went on to win the next two local elections in 2007 and 2015 but lost his seat in 2019.

Malcolm was well known as a dedicated local councillor and served on numerous committees and outside bodies during his time on the Council.

Leader of West Lindsey District Council, Cllr. Giles McNeill, said:

“The news of Malcolm's death is tremendously saddening. He was thoughtful, robust and fair in his dealings. His service to his local community and the district over the past thirty-one years has been considerable.

“When I first got involved in local politics he was a reassuring presence and one of the longest-serving councillors. He was always very supportive and I know I will not be alone in missing him.”

A minute's silence was held at the Council meeting on Monday, 2nd March 2020 will be held in recognition of Malcolm Parish’s dedicated service to the authority. 

We offer our deepest sympathy to the family at this sad time.