Tributes have been paid to Wimborne town councillor Henry Bartlett who has died at the age of 76.
A former pupil of Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School he lived in the Wimborne area all his life and was very involved in the community. He married Heather in Wimborne Minster Church 53 years ago.
Henry ran his own building and decorating business and more recently ran a newsagency in the rural area north of the town.
He was chairman of the Vale of Allen Parish Council from 1987-1993 and a member of East Dorset District Council from 1985-1999.
He was elected to Wimborne Town Council in 2010.
The Mayor of Wimborne, Councillor Sue Cook said: “Henry was a much respected councillor for many years across East Dorset. Not only did I value him as a Wimborne Minster town councillor, but as a good and wise friend to myself and to my husband Robin. Although in latter months, his health was deteriorating, he still involved himself in the many organisations with which he was connected. Robin and I attended a dinner with him and Heather on 21st January to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Royal Air Force Cadets 1069 (Flight Refuelling Wimborne) Squadron, which was very dear to his heart. I have such happy memories of the last evening spent in his company.”
Len Pearce who has been a friend of Henry for over 50 years said: “He has contributed a great deal to both the youth and adults of the town and the surrounding area.”
Henry influenced many young people with training for Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Ten Tors and the Four Day Marches at Nijmegen in Holland. He also worked with Homewatch and organised fortnightly walks for the Poole Heart Support Group. He was very involved with the West Dorset branch of Diabetes UK, a diabetes UK volunteer and a recent chairman of Wimborne Diabetes UK.
He was also a patient representative member of both Dorset Primary Care Trust and the Clinical Commissioning Group.
Heather said: “I have been overwhelmed with the response from people from all over the county. I have received so many kind messages.
“He was a gentleman and always had time for people.”
As well as Heather, Henry leaves two sons.
His funeral is to be held at 1.30pm on 17th March at Poole Crematorium.
Article by Marilyn Barber, published in the Stour and Avon Magazine.