Tributes paid to a former councillor

David Griffin
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Tributes have been paid to a ‘much loved and kind’ former councillor who has died aged 73 after an illness.

David Griffin, who served as a district councillor in Woodford Halse between 2000 and 2012, died on Wednesday last week after a battle with bladder cancer.

His wife, Elizabeth Griffin, also a district councillor for Woodford Halse and deputy leader of the council, said: “He was an old fashioned gentleman, a very kind and much loved person.

“Ever since his death, I have had a lot of cards and flowers from people saying how he has touched their lives.”

He was born in Sussex but moved to Woodford Halse 20 years ago.

Mrs Griffin said: “He had a big passion for the canal boats and for the railways. As soon as we found Woodford Halse, it was a match made in heaven for him.

“He became treasurer and later chairman of the history society and also sat on the committee of the social club. He was a very keen part of the village.

“He had a particular interest in planning as well and was always out and about. His interest in the canals led to him suggesting the canal for Daventry.”

Daventry District Council leader, Cllr Chris Millar, said: “He had a very long standing career as a councillor with a big interest in planning.

“My condolences go to Liz and all of his family.”

As well as Mrs Griffin, he leaves behind two daughters and two granddaughters. His funeral will take place in Banbury tomorrow (Friday).