It is with profound sadness that I announce the death of longstanding councillor, current Chairman of the Council and first citizen of Huntingdonshire, Cllr John Winston Davies.
John dedicated nearly three decades to the Huntingdonshire community through his service on the district council and was the most well respected and well-liked councillor I have had the pleasure to know.
John was the ward member for St Ives South but his community work and civic roles meant that he was well known across the district. Wherever John went there would always be someone who would want to catch up with him, say hello, bend his ear about a local issue or ask for his advice - such was his popularity and his desire to engage with his community at every opportunity. John made a difference to the people and communities of our district, and his loss will be deeply felt by so many across Huntingdonshire.
He was first elected to both St Ives Town Council and Huntingdonshire District Council in 1992. Since then he has proudly held many positions throughout his 29 years of continuous service, including as a three-time Mayor of St Ives, Chairman of the Licensing Committee and two terms as Vice-Chairman and then Chairman of the District Council. John was also actively involved with a wide range of groups including the St Ives Sea Scouts, St Ives Town Initiative, St Ives Christmas Lights Committee, the Noble’s Field Trust and St John Ambulance.
John was a friend to all across the Council chamber and, on a personal level, a close friend and mentor of mine throughout my entire time as a councillor. He chaired meetings of the council with grace and a keen observation and knowledge of protocols and the dignity of his civic leadership role.
Few have given greater service to our community than John. On behalf of all at Huntingdonshire District Council I would like to express my deepest sympathy and condolences to John’s family and to all those fortunate enough to have met him. He will be missed.
Cllr Ryan Fuller