DUNSTABLIANS have been saddened by news of the death of former mayor Councillor Tony Green, aged 56.
Tributes have been paid to the memory of the dedicated, public-spirited Conservative town and unitary authority councillor.
Mr Green, of Totternhoe Road, died on March 25 in the Luton & Dunstable Hospital, after suffering a heart attack.
The electronics engineer was elected to Dunstable Town Council in 2004 and was the town mayor in 2008-09.
He also represented the Dunstable Downs ward on Central Beds Council.
Wife Denise, a fellow town councillor, reflected: “He was a gentleman.”
She said: “He really did want to do his best for the people of Dunstable, that’s why he became a councillor. He loved living in Dunstable.”
Mr Green grew up in Stanmore and moved to Dunstable in 1979.
He loved music and was a cornet, bass guitar and keyboard player.
And he was also a former member of folk/ceilidh groups Puddleduck, Happenstance and Three Piece Suite, and of the Watford Silver Band.
He was a keen licensed radio ham, a freeman of the City of London, and a liveryman with the Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers.
His community work included acting as a volunteer service engineer for the talking books scheme run by the Royal National Institute of Blind People.
In his mayoral year, he played an important part in driving forward discussions about the building of the Dunstable A5 northern bypass, and instigated a meeting with the chief executive of the Highways Agency.
Councillor Sally Newton, leader of the town council’s ruling group, described the former mayor as “a kind, generous and very sociable individual”.
Mrs Newton said: “Tony was a valued member of Dunstable Town Council’s finance and general purposes and grounds and environmental services committees, bringing to them his experience, his love of the town and a deep desire to see the town prosper again”.
She added: “He will be greatly missed by many people.”
Central Beds Council chairman Peter Hollick, also a Dunstable town councillor, said Mr Green was a hard-working, diligent councillor and an “excellent” mayor.
He said: “At the next Central Bedfordshire Council meeting, I will be asking councillors to stand in tribute.
“Our condolences go to Denise at this sad time.”
> A funeral service for Mr Green will take place at 11am on Tuesday, April 12, at the Priory Church, Dunstable. No flowers please, by request.
Donations to the RNIB and the British Heart Foundation may be made through White Dove Funeral Directors, 50 High Street South, Dunstable, LU6 3HD.