Date published: 01 June 2020
Tributes have been paid to one of West Lindsey District Councils’ longest serving members who has sadly passed away.
Councillor Charles Lewis Strange died at Castle Hill Hospital, Cottingham overnight on Thursday 28 May 2020, following a short illness.
Rt. Hon Sir Edward Leigh MP for Gainsborough said: “Lewis was a wonderful man. The very best of Lincolnshire; kind and dedicated. As straight as an arrow and always ready with honest, sound advice. A superb councillor. Greatly loved and missed.”
Cllr Strange who was also a Lincolnshire County Councillor will be sorely missed by colleagues across the County of Lincolnshire.
West Lindsey District Council has today lowered its flag to half-mast at its headquarters in Marshall’s Yard, Gainsborough as a sign of respect. This will remain in situ until the date of his funeral.
Chairman of the Council, Cllr Steve England said: “A true gentleman. His unstinting service to West Lindsey and Lincolnshire, the county he loved, will be sorely missed.”
Cllr Strange was born in 1943 and was first elected to West Lindsey District Council in 1999 and was subsequently re-elected in 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019.
He served on many committees over the years including: Licensing and Regulatory Committees, the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Challenge and Improvement Committee and the Standards Sub-Committee. He also represented the district on the Lincolnshire Forum for Agriculture and Horticulture, the Wolds Community Transport body, and the Healthwatch Provider Network Meeting.
In recent years, he had had roles on the Flood, Drainage and Environmental scrutiny committees at County Hall, represented the county on the LGA’s rural services SPARSE committee.
The dedicated, passionate and long-serving County and District Councillor will be sorely missed by people living in his Kelsey Wold ward, his Market Rasen Wolds division and his colleagues.
Leader of West Lindsey District Council, Cllr Giles McNeill“Lewis was one of the first people I got to know when I joined the local Party, fifteen years ago. Always a regular at party events, perhaps talking about cricket, the Wolds, politics or farming, he was a true gentleman and I know he will be sorely missed.”
Martin Hill, Leader of Lincolnshire County Council, said: "I’m very sorry to hear the sad news about Lewis. He was a highly respected and popular councillor on Lincolnshire County and West Lindsey District Councils.
“As a local man with long-standing roots in the county, he was a passionate advocate for Lincolnshire and rural life in particular in its many aspects. He played an important part in developing the county council in various roles and his gentlemanly charm and common sense will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time."
Lewis was a farmer by trade, with the Lincolnshire Wolds always immensely close to his heart, he had an intense desire to represent the needs of rural people at both the Guildhall in Gainsborough and County Hall in Lincoln.
He is survived by his son, Charles and Daughter, Vanessa, married to Daniel Laird, and their two sons.
We offer our deepest sympathy to his family at this sad time and particularly to his partner Mo Skelton.