Man who cared for town 'will be greatly missed'

PUBLISHED: 09:54 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:58 11 May 2010

PROMINENT local personality Walter Parsons has died after losing his battle with cancer. Mr Parsons, 77, of Willowside Way, Royston, died last Friday after a long illness. A regular correspondent of The Crow, Mr Parsons took a keen interest in all aspe

PROMINENT "local personality" Walter Parsons has died after losing his battle with cancer.

Mr Parsons, 77, of Willowside Way, Royston, died last Friday after a long illness.

A regular correspondent of The Crow, Mr Parsons took a keen interest in all aspects of life in Royston, often taking the local authorities to task on a variety of issues, including traffic, parking, and the state of Royston High Street.

Royston MP Oliver Heald has led tributes to Mr Parsons.

He said: "Walter Parsons was a prominent local personality who took an active interest in Royston community affairs and national policy over many years, and latterly fought ill-health stoically.

"He was a regular correspondent with the local papers, attended council and election meetings, and often wrote to me.

"He was well known in the town and regularly contributed to local debates, and was forthright in his views.

"He cared about the town and the country and will be greatly missed."

Mr Parsons was a former lab technician at The Meridian School, and also worked at St Mary's School.

He was also an active member of Royston Roman Catholic Church.

He was married to Josephine, with five children, Bernard, Kenneth, Gerard, Barbara, and Bernadette.

His funeral will take place tomorrow (Friday ) at 11am at the Roman Catholic Church.

Donations to the Friends of Royston Hospital may be left at the church, or sent to Jeremy Rule funeral service, in Church Lane, Royston.

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