Former Brent councillor dies at 72
PUBLISHED: 14:32 15 January 2015 | UPDATED: 14:32 15 January 2015
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.
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.
“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.
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