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PUBLISHED: 10:06 08 January 2010 | UPDATED: 14:51 24 August 2010

A COUNCILLOR who dedicated himself to the borough has passed away after a short illness, writes Alex Wellman. Bill Duffin, 78, a former Barnhill ward councillor, died on Boxing Day after contracting bronchial pneumonia. Mr Duffin, a Brent councillor from

A COUNCILLOR who dedicated himself to the borough has passed away after a short illness, writes Alex Wellman.

Bill Duffin, 78, a former Barnhill ward councillor, died on Boxing Day after contracting bronchial pneumonia.

Mr Duffin, a Brent councillor from 1987 to 2006, worked tirelessly throughout his time as a Conservative and often fought for the 'little guy.'

He stepped down for personal reasons in the late 90's but came back in 2002 for one more term.

Cllr Bob Blackman, Conservative leader and long time friend, said: "He was a brilliant ward councillor and a very caring man who cared passionately about particular individuals.

"He looked to help and assist those who could not help themselves."

A governor of Kingsbury High School in Princes Avenue, Kingsbury, Mr Duffin held numerous positions in Brent Council during his time including chairman of housing committee and of the Conservative group.

A huge QPR fan who never married or had children, Mr Duffin was also a member of Northamptonshire Cricket Club and regularly bent the ear of anyone who would listen.

Mr Duffin was also an accountant for a number of years.

Mr Blackman added: "He was best man at my wedding in 1988 where his main duty was to get me to the church on time, which was a real challenge as most people that know me will know.

"He was 78 but he was always out and about in all sorts of temperatures. He had a great passion for delivering leaflets for the Conservatives.

"I remember the strong support he gave me on a constant basis. You could always rely on him, when you needed someone to give you a hand he was always there. We were good friends."

Well wishers are asked to give donations to St Luke's Hospice Kenton in Kenton Grange, Kenton Road, HA3 0YG, or by calling 020 8382 8000.


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