Service of Thanksgiving for Councillor Lewis Rose

A Service of Thanksgiving for one of the region's leading political figures, Councillor Lewis Rose OBE, will take place this Thursday, 27 January, at St Oswald's Church, Ashbourne, at 12.30pm.

The longest serving councillor on Derbyshire Dales District Council, Councillor Rose, who died aged 74 on 6 January, was the last founder Member of the authority still serving, dating back to Local Government Reorganisation in the early 1970s. He was Leader of the Conservative group for 45 years until 2019.

For most of that time Councillor Rose served as Leader or Deputy Leader of the Council.

Originally elected to the old Ashbourne Rural District Council at the age of only 23 in 1971, Councillor Rose became a member of West Derbyshire District Council on its formation in 1974 and holds the distinction of proposing it be renamed Derbyshire Dales in 1988.

A commercial property lawyer, he was a partner at Flint Bishop solicitors for more than 50 years.

Thursday's Thanksgiving Service will be preceded by a private burial.

He leaves a widow, Janet, sons Andrew and Robert and grandchildren India, Lexie, Samuel, Ralph and Cecilia.

Family flowers only - donations can be made to the British Heart Foundation and Kniveton Parish Church via funeral directors Wathall's (01335 300205).
A Service of Thanksgiving for one of the region

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