Funeral of ‘gentleman’ councillor John Raymond

The funeral for Wellingborough Council member John Raymond
The funeral for Wellingborough Council member John Raymond
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A Wellingborough councillor who died recently was described as a ‘gentleman’ at his funeral.

John Raymond served as a Wellingborough councillor for the Redwell West ward until he stood down earlier this year due to ill health.

He died on Thursday, June 6, of asbestosis.

His funeral service was held at All Hallows Church in Wellingborough on Tuesday, June 18.

Hundreds of mourners attended the service, including Wellingborough and Rushden MP Peter Bone and the leader of Wellingborough Council, Cllr Paul Bell.

Cllr Bell said: “He was a gentleman and a hard-working councillor. We will miss him terribly.

“I think the council has lost another great councillor. His words of wisdom will be missed.

“My thoughts are with his family. He was such a gentleman.”

Cllr Thomas Pursglove said: “There’s a lot of councillors who like to say an awful lot.

“He didn’t say an awful lot, but when he spoke it was always very thoughtful and well said.

“He was involved in the community, not just as a councillor but with a lot of good causes. He really will be missed.”

Cllr Raymond was elected to the Redwell West ward on March 17, 2010.

He served on a number of committees including development, licensing and overview and scrutiny.

He resigned due to ill health on February 28, 2013.

His wife, Patricia Raymond, is also a councillor for the Redwell ward.