Death of Hedon Town Councillor Gordon Thurston

“It is with great sadness that the Town Council received news that Councillor Gordon Thurston passed away on Tuesday 10 November 2020. Cllr Thurston served the people of Hedon for many years and was Mayor of Hedon in 1998-1999. He will be missed.” – Hedon Town Council statement.

Described by his colleagues as a ‘hardworking councillor and real character’ Gordon Thurston passed away on 10 November a victim of Covid-19. Speaking informally to the councillors who worked with Gordon, they talk affectionately about a councillor who had meticulous attention to detail and yet never failed to raise a smile with his infectious humour. Gordon made it his business to be actively aware of issues in the local community, and, pre-Covid, attended various community meetings and events on a regular basis.

He will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure to know him. The flag outside the Hedon Town Hall is being flown at half-mast in tribute. Condolences to family, friends and colleagues. – Ray Duffill

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  1. Gordon Thurston was a wonderful man; dedicated, well informed, taking on community and parish sector matters with earnest diligence always tinged with humour – a delightful person to work with and it is a great privilege to have known him during my time as NALC President. He will be missed very much and my sincere condolences go to his family and County Association.

  2. Gordon will be sorely missed at Hedon Methodist Church. He was a man of faith and action, supporting activities with his generosity of time, practical support, and active participation. One of the stories I heard recently was his attending Messy Church with his son Neil where crafts and singing and generally having a good time were all in abundance. He was also a stickler for detail and with tongue in cheek assured me that my first service in Chapel was within the covid time guidelines… Just. The stories abound and are too numerous to mention but many hold colourful threads of memories that together, make a rich tapestry. We hold his family and friends in our prayers.

  3. It was so lovely having Gordon as a dad. I always knew he was there for me and our family. Dad leaves behind his wife, Pat, daughter Debbie, son Neil, granddaughters Jessica and Kimberley, grandson, Lewis and his great-granddaughters Leah and Neasha. Dad was in his own words “as fit as a fiddle” Dad put up an incredible fight against the evil virus, but sadly the virus fought harder. Regarding dad’s hard work and huge commitment to the Community, one of the last conversations I had with dad was his wish for green open spaces to remain as green open spaces. We’re going to miss him so much.

  4. Up until COVID he attended every Health Scrutiny Commission I chaired. A lovely man very courteous.

    Cllr Steve Wilson

  5. I have known Gordon for many years through his being an active member of our Assembly and committees at the National Association of Local Councils. Gordon was dedicated, warm and friendly a great servant to our association.. RIP Gordon

  6. Gordon was a long time friend and a real committed servant to Hedon where he was one of the Council for 30 years or so. He took a great deal of interest in community events and activities and was pretty well always at the Hedon Town Hall and attended most of both formal and informal meetings. It was not unusual for him to be seen at County Hall and other parishes, such was his devotion to the wider communities.
    He was also a good friend and colleague with an active involvement with The British Legion in Hedon. I have enjoyed his wit and company many times in the club and he was a regular attendee of our get-togethers after Meetings for a well earned lager. Cheers Gordon!
    It was a real shock to lose him in this way and he will be sadly missed. Love and condolences to Pat and the family from Jennifer, Dulcie and me.
    Yet another victim of the Covid pandemic which is not showing signs of lessening its impact. Please stay safe.

  7. Ray this is a very nice picture of Gordon, thank you for posting this.
    John and I were only talking to Gordon, at our garden gate, just a few weeks ago, about planting trees in green spaces and he was kindly saying he missed us (at The Legion and Branch). He was always quick to offer support to me when on the RBL Committee. Gordon thank you for your support and kindness 😊😘

  8. Lovely man. I got to know him when I worked at Hedon library. He loved a joke and often had a twinkle in his eye. He was passionate about Hedon and the area, and worked very hard. He was quite a character. I had the pleasure of a few chats with him, and his family, during their excercise walks during the summer. Sincere condolences to his wife, and family. RIP

  9. A very sad loss for Hedon. Gordon was a real character and remarkably active for someone of his age. I will really miss working with him. Condolences to Pat and the family.

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