Former Brent councillor dies at 72
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A former councillor in Brent has died at the age of 72.
David Unwin, who served in the former Church End ward, was elected as a councillor in 1971 where he served until 1978.
A former pupil of the Willesden County Grammar School, which was based on the site of the current Capital City Academy in Doyle Gardens, Mr Unwin started his career as a building surveyor for councils across London.
After leaving politics he went on to serve as a member of the Brent Housing Partnership board.
Cllr George Crane, Brent Council’s cabinet member for the environment, served on the council at the same time as Mr Unwin.
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He said: “David was a very generous, caring and hardworking councillor who really cared about the people he was elected to represent.
“His family had a long connection with the borough and he followed his father into politics, who along with my dad, served on the old Willesden Council.
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“I will always remember David for his love of history, particularly local history. I remember back in the 1970’s, there were plans to demolish the Grange building in Neasden, which is one of Brent’s oldest buildings, and build a magistrates court there.
“Thankfully through our campaigning, we managed to save the building, which went on to house Brent’s Museum.
“Hearing he passed away was very sad news and I can only imagine what his family are going through right now.
“He was a good man and a friend that I will miss.”
Mr Unwin blogged on the Old Uffingtonians Association website about his time at Willesden County Grammar School.
To see his blog visit www.olduffs.org/whos_who/dunwin.htm
Mr Unwin died on January 2 and his funeral takes place today at Kensal Green crematorium.