Tributes to former council leader described as a “gentleman” by colleagues

PUBLISHED: 12:25 03 August 2016 | UPDATED: 14:04 03 August 2016

Dick Turpin

Dick Turpin


Tributes have been paid to a former councillor who has been described as “a gentleman” following his death.

Richard Turpin OBE, also known to many as Dick, served on Huntingdonshire District Council for many years after a career in the RAF where he was a wing commander.

Mr Turpin died at his home after a short fight with oesophageal cancer on Tuesday (July 26).

At a meeting of the district council on Wednesday members spoke of their found memories of the 80-year-old.

Chairman of the council, Councillor Peter Bucknell said: “If there is one word to describe Dick it is a gentleman. He was a real nice man and I shall miss him on the circuit.”

The funeral will take place at St Bartholemew Church, in Great Stukeley, at 11.30am on Tuesday, August 9.

A fund has been set up in memory of Mr Turpin for the Macmillan Woodlands Centre, a charity that was close to his heart.

The family have requested that, instead of sending flowers, family and friends kindly make a donation to Macmillan.

To donate go to


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hunts Post visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hunts Post staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hunts Post account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

Upwood Primary School has again been rated ‘good’ by Ofsted inspectors.

A former Littlehey Prison worker is to appear at an employment tribunal today (Thursday) to challenge a ruling over his right to read Bible passages to fellow inmates.

For most visitors the Time and Tide Museum’s new Titanic exhibition is a glimpse into one of the most significant of historical events.


The owner of a health food store which has been supplying shoppers in St Neots for more than three decades will retire later this month.

Most read stories

Most commented stories

Local business directory

Cambridgeshire's trusted business finder

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Read the Hunts Post e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter