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Gravesham Borough Council announces death of William Dyke

PUBLISHED: 12:44 16 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:49 16 January 2018

Bill Dyke was a councillor for 45 years. Picture: Gravesham Borough Council.

Bill Dyke was a councillor for 45 years. Picture: Gravesham Borough Council.

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A former Gravesham Councillor, William (Bill) Dyke, has passed away.

Mr Dyke, 90, passed away at his home in Gravesend on Sunday, January 14.

Mr Dyke was a councillor for 45 years between 1965 and 2011.

He was a Mayor twice and he became Honorary Freemen of the Borough in December 2015.

Leader of the Council, Cllr David Turner, paid tribute by saying: “When I was first elected to the council in 1976 Bill had already served since the inception of Gravesham and for several years prior to that on Gravesend Council.

“He became a good friend and mentor and when he was Mayor, for a second term, in 1989 I served as his deputy.

He was very experienced in Housing and Works issues and chaired these meaty committees for several years.

He was, of course, a member of the Gravesend Lions and remained so until his passing.”

Mr Turner also said that he would remember Mr Dyke as a driving force in delivering the Ellenor Lions Hospice, which used to be called the Lions Hospice.

He added: “He must rate quite highly in the list of volunteers who have in recent years made a positive impact on our borough, something that was acknowledged in 2015 when he was made an Honorary Freeman. I’ll miss him.”

Details of funeral arrangements will be available soon.

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