Farewell to ex-mayor of Preston

Geoff Swarbrick
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Tributes paid after death of ‘real gentleman’ who served for decades

Tributes have been paid to a former Mayor of Preston.

Geoff Swarbrick, who served on Preston Council and Grimsargh Parish Council, died last week at the age of 91.

Today city leaders paid tribute to the “terrific bloke” and “real gentleman”.

Mr Swarbrick, who was a Conservative councillor for Preston Rural East and deputy leader of the Conservative group, also served on the parish council for more than 35 years.

Coun Eric Fazackerley, leader of Preston Council’s Conservative group, said they had worked closely together while Mr Swarbrick was involved in the housing committee. He said: “He was a gentleman and a super, super bloke.”

Mr Swarbrick, a former mechanic, was an honorary alderman of Preston and also an honorary burgess.

Coun Fazackerley said: “He was a very proud Prestonian. He was a terrific bloke and a real gentleman.

“I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone say a bad word against him. It didn’t matter who they were, everybody loved Geoff.”

Sue Whittam, clerk to Grimsargh Parish Council, paid tribute to Mr Swarbrick on behalf of the parish council. She said: “He made a huge contribution to the parish council. He was a true gentleman who cared passionately about Grimsargh and its people.”

The funeral will take place tomorrow at Grimsargh Parish Church of St Michael at 2.30pm, ahead of a private family committal at Preston Crematorium.

Mr Swarbrick, who had lived in Grimsargh with his wife Jean, leaves three children, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.