Ex-town councillor dies at 63

Philip Adams
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A former Preston councillor has died at the age of 63.

Philip Adams, who served as Labour member for Brookfield Ward between 1979 and 1983, passed away after a long illness.

The former teacher served just one term on the authority and was both vice-chairman and acting chairman of the council’s works committee during his four years as a councillor.

“Phil was a very likeable and capable man - he will be sadly missed,” said Coun John Browne, who succeeded him in the Brookfield Ward in 1983 and has held the seat ever since.

“It was his decision to serve only one term on the council. I’m certain he would have done great things had he decided to continue.”

Mr Adams was born and brought up on Preston’s Brookfield Estate, an area he later served on the authority.

As a lifelong asthma sufferer he attended Preston’s Open Air School and then the Catholic College Sixth Form. He qualified as an accountant, working for the Co-op for many years. He later retrained as a teacher and worked in many schools in and around Preston on supply. He was also a keen bridge, chess and bowls player and treasurer of the Preston Contract Bridge Club.

Coun Browne added: “He was very approachable, sociable and a thoroughly nice chap to know. He was also extremely generous. He had suffered ill health from being a child, yet he got on with life. He was a very bright man.”

The funeral will be at St Maria Goretti RC Church in Preston on Thursday at 11.30am followed by Preston Crematorium.