Medway Labour and Co-operative Group were sad to hear news that brilliant former Labour Councillor, Bill Davis, has sadly passed away.
Bill was a dedicated Councillor who served his local community for 16 years, and stood as the Labour Group’s Planning spokesperson.
Vince Maple, Leader of the Labour and Co-operative Group, said that, ‘Bill was a dedicated, committed Labour Councillor who served his community brilliantly.
Bill Davis served on Chatham Borough, Rochester Upon Medway City and Medway Councils with his first election victory in 1966 finally stepping down from elected service in 2007. Bill also served on Kent Fire & Rescue Authority and was a school governor.
Bill had a huge passion for housing, regeneration, leisure and was at the forefront of bringing the initial proposals for what we now know as Rochester Riverside forward in the early 1990s.
Jonathan Shaw, who was Bill’s former ward colleague in Wayfield, recently said “Bill was great company, had a laid back style all of his own. He loved a debate and an argument and had an infectious laugh. It was a privilege to work alongside Bill – he did a lot of good and I am grateful to have known him and enjoyed his company.”
Bill continued to serve on Chatham Charities for a number of years after stepping down from elected service. Away from politics he had a huge passion for sport in particular football, cricket and golf.
Our thoughts are with his partner Maureen, his children and grandchildren at this difficult time – I hope all those who are missing Bill can find comfort in the knowledge that he did a huge amount for the community with many benefiting from his dedication to social justice.’