A UNIQUE tribute to a ‘passionate advocate for Evesham’ will be made in the town on the day of his funeral next week
Peter Griffiths will be laid to rest on Thursday (February 8). Almonry bosses will fly the flag outside the venue at half-mast to mark his passing.
His widow Marion welcomed the gesture as a ‘fitting tribute’ to someone who died in office as a county and Evesham town councillor.
Mr Griffiths passed away on December 28. He won election in May 2021 to represent residents in Evesham North West for the Conservative Party.
Speaking ahead of the funeral, Marion said:
“He was someone who contributed a great deal throughout the constituency of Mid Worcestershire.”
“As a member of Worcestershire County Council Peter considered it an honour and privilege to serve on many many committees, whereby his contribution would leave a lasting impact.”
Described as a ‘passionate advocate for Evesham’, Marion said he found ‘many exciting ways to enhance it’.
“Alongside colleagues, he worked tirelessly to obtain permission for restaurants and cafes to have outside dining in the town.
“He played a key role in ensuring there was adequate provision for the homeless.
“Then, by using his divisional funds Peter sought to help provide much needed and essential defibrillators throughout Evesham.
“This was quickly followed by a succession of new benches for Evesham’s High Street.
“Whenever it was possible Peter took the opportunity to support charitable and cultural causes in Evesham,” she added.
His widow generously shared more about Peter’s life before public service. She revealed growing up he was a child actor who appeared in many films and advertisements.
Success as an amateur rally driver was among his highlights at university before he went on to run a project management company.
He leaves behind wife Marion, two grown up children and three grandchildren.
Additionally, he was also a member of Evesham Town Council, joining in October last year representing the Little Hampton Ward.
Fellow ward councllor and Wychavon District Council chairman Coun Robert Raphael said:
“Peter was an excellent town and county councillor, world-class ambassador for Evesham and first rate friend.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with family at this time. He will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him.”