'True gentleman' Wilson Hendry passes away
MEMBERS and officers have paid tribute to the 'true gentleman' councillor Wilson Hendry, of Pinkneys Green ward.
Mr Hendry passed away in the early hours of Sunday morning and had served his ward for 21 years - as a Liberal Democrat from 1991-2010 and then as a Conservative.
Councillor Colin Rayner, Mayor of the Royal Borough, said: "I got to know Wilson Hendry in 2005 and I remember him as a dedicated ward councillor who put the interests of his residents first at all times. He was a gentle and popular man who gave many years of service to his community."
As well as serving residents in his ward, Mr Hendry sat on several panels and committees, particularly relating to planning, licensing and rights of way.
He was chairman of the licensing panel from 2004-2007 and vice chairman of the Maidenhead Development Control panel in 2003/04.
David Oram, interim chief executive, said: "On behalf of council staff I would like to express our sincere sympathy to Cllr Hendry's wife and family. This is very distressing news for everyone who knew and worked with Wilson during his many years of local government service."
Mr Hendry is survived by his wife Janet and two children and funeral arrangements have yet to be made.
Cllr David Burbage, leader of the Royal Borough, said: "Wilson was a true gentleman, a colleague and a friend who will be missed by his fellow councillors."