Tributes to ex-mayor
PUBLISHED: 15:05 09 April 2008 | UPDATED: 09:38 23 August 2010
A FORMER mayor and tireless charity worker who helped many families in the area into better housing has died. The funeral of Daniel Ivor McMillan will take place next week. He suffered congestive heart failure on March 31 aged 80. He was elected as the
A FORMER mayor and tireless charity worker who helped many families in the area into better housing has died.
The funeral of Daniel Ivor McMillan will take place next week. He suffered congestive heart failure on March 31 aged 80.
He was elected as the first councillor for Singlewell in 1959. A Labour councillor, he became chairman of Gravesend Housing Association in 1964 and deputy mayor in 1966. Six years later he became Gravesham mayor.
Throughout his life he remained committed to a number of causes, with the highest among them his belief that everyone should live in housing of a decent standard.
He joined Churches Housing Association in 1973 and went on to become chairman in 1992. His efforts were officially recognised in 1994 when a road in Singlewell, McMillan Close, was named after him.
His wife Mildred said: "He had a lot of energy and a lot of time for people. If he could help people he would and if he couldn't then he usually knew someone who could.
"We were together for an awfully long time and I just miss him desperately."
Mr McMillan, born in Portsmouth in 1927, moved to Bean with his mother following his father's death when he was just a few months old. He attended New Boys Country School (now Gravesend Grammar School), in Church Walk, Gravesend, and joined the Merchant Navy in 1944. During the Second World War, he earned four medals and was awarded a master mariner's certificate in 1953.
In 1950, he married Mildred Heald at Stanford-le-Hope Church and the two lived together in The Fairway, Gravesend. The couple had four children.
After leaving the Merchant Navy, he worked as a Trinity House river pilot. His son Andrew said: "I always looked up to him and tried to emulate him. I don't think we could ever achieve what he did. He was a remarkable man and a very hard act to follow. They broke the mould when they made him."
Mr McMillan was heavily involved in charity work. He started Gravesend branch of the Leukaemia Research Fund in 1972, remaining its chairman until his death and helped to raise more than £1million.
He was one of the founders of The River Thames Pilot Society.
He is also survived by two sons, Andrew and David, two daughters, Sally and Susan, 10 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
The funeral will take place at Christ Church, Old Road East, Gravesend, at 12.45pm this Tuesday. All are welcome.
The family have requested that only family members give flowers and that any donations go to the Lions Hospice, via John Barker, Funeral Directors, Parrock Street Gravesend.