Dedicated councillor Tony dies aged 74

PUBLISHED: 13:00 29 June 2014

Tony Probert.

Tony Probert.

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A ‘STALWART’ of Weston’s Labour group, Tony Probert, has died after a brave battle with motor neurone disease.

Tributes have poured in for the town councillor, with family, friends and colleagues remembering his hard work and energy for town issues, particularly youth services.

Cllr Probert died on June 13, aged 74, and was the ward councillor for Wyvern on Weston Town Council.

Fellow Labour member, and prospective parliamentary candidate Tim Taylor, said: “He achieved more in his short time as a councillor than many people do over a long period.

“He will be greatly missed by councillors from all parties for his strong principles and determination to get things done for the people of Weston.”

Cllr Probert moved to Weston in 1998 after taking early retirement from British Aerospace, where he worked on Concorde and was a manager of the computing department.

He met his wife Irene during his time in the Navy and was 18 when they married. He then took up his first posting to Cyprus, and was later joined by Irene where they had their daughter Jennifer. After leaving the army and moving to Burnley, Cllr Probert joined the Burnley Borough Constabulary, by which time his second child Ian was born.

Cllr Probert helped develop the first radio system for that force before moving back to his home city of Bristol, where he became heavily involved with the local Labour group, then later moved to Weston.

Son Mark said: “He again became heavily involved in local politics and the running of the local Labour party. He volunteered to stand as a local councillor, not thinking he would get elected. But he did and from that point on put all his energy into his council work which included working with local youth groups, something I know he was very proud of.”

Labour town councillor Richard Tucker added: “He was an energetic and hard working councillor, working on several committees and reaching out to other parties to get things done.

“He even obtained money from Lord Archer to help fund Weston’s YMCA.

“Tony Probert was a stalwart of the Weston Labour party.”

Cllr Probert leaves behind his wife, three children, four grandchildren and a great-grandson. His funeral will be held at Weston Crematorium in Ebdon Road tomorrow (Monday) at 11.15am. His family have requested donations to Weston Hospicecare in lieu of flowers.

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