Tributes paid to former councillor Don Fisher

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a man who devoted his life to his town.

Don Fisher, 78, died peacefully in his sleep on Saturday after battling Parkinson’s disease.

He was a former mayor of Bourne and a town, district and county councillor for many years.

Mr Fisher was born in Doncaster but moved to Bourne in 1972 and became deeply involved in the town.

He organised many major events including the Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1977, the Heritage Exhibition in 1981 and the R A Gardner Art Exhibition in 1996.

He was also involved in numerous local groups, including the Bourne branch of the Royal British Legion, the Conservative Association and Bourne United Charities. He was a founder member of the Civic Society.

Mr Fisher was a governor of Bourne Grammar School for ten years, became the longest serving governor of the former Robert Manning Technology College, now Bourne Academy, and was on the board of Abbey Road Primary School, Morton Primary and the Willoughby School.

Mr Fisher suffered a stroke in 2001 and was later diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. In March 2010 he moved to the Cedars Retirement Home where he died on Saturday.

Janice Hill, organising secretary for the Conservative Association, worked with Mr Fisher for 25 years.

She said: “Don was Mr Bourne. He was an active and popular member of the Bourne branch of the Grantham and Stamford Conservative Association and a true stalwart of the association.”

Town councillor Judy Smith said: “Don was always ready to speak his mind and support Bourne in whatever we were doing. Whatever he did he did it well.

“He was a good councillor and was a true man of the people. He will be very much missed.”

Tim Bladon, vice president of the Bourne branch of the Royal British Legion, worked with Mr Fisher for 30 years.

He said: “We got on very well, he did a good job when he was chairman of the legion.

“He had his finger in every pie. Don was all for Bourne, he did a lot of good work as a councillor and everybody who knew him loved him.”

Local historian Rex Needle, who helped compile this report, said: “Don had an enormous capacity for friendship and as a result many people will remember the work he did for this town.

“His great love was the heritage of this town which is why he was such a great supporter of the Civic Society.”

Bourne town council held a minute’s silence in memory of Mr Fisher on Tuesday.

His funeral service will be held at 2pm on Monday, November 21 at Bourne Abbey Church, followed by cremation at Peterborough Crematorium.

Donations for the Bourne branch of the Royal British Legion can be made to TR Carlton Funeral Directors, 35B Abbey Road, Bourne.