Dedicated father and council worker dies

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A popular parish clerk and former council worker has died.

Laurie Berruto, 66, was clerk at Weldon Parish Council for 12 years and worked up until last month, despite being diagnosed with terminal cancer two years ago.

He also worked at Corby Council for 13 years until 1992 and then at South Northamptonshire Council before his retirement in 2008.

He was known for his meticulous work as a parish clerk, and his encyclopaedic local knowledge.

Laurie, of Valley Walk, Kettering, died last Friday surrounded by his family. He leaves a wife Kay, son Graham and daughter Jo as well as three grandchildren.

Jo has temporarily taken on his duties at Weldon Parish Council while a replacement is found.

She said: “His parish council work has kept him going for the past couple of years.

“He loved it.

“He was diagnosed pretty much two years ago to the day and they said he had between two months and two years left to live. He was never one to be late!

“I am carrying on doing his work at Weldon for the minute while they find a replacement. As always, he left me with very detailed instructions.

“He has even planned all of his funeral out but unfortunately the reverend he wanted is on holiday so we have been waiting until he returns to plan the funeral properly.

“He was very dedicated to his work and as long as he could have a pint in the afternoon he was happy. He was also a fantastic grandfather and he had even taken my son away on holiday.”

There will be family flowers only at Laurie’s funeral, but donations can be sent to MacMillan Nurses via Averil Phillips and Family Independent Funeral Directors, 87 Rockingham Road, Kettering.