Gordon Lines

The following obituary by Bob Bryant and Sue Miller is taken from the December 1999 issue of the Orwell Bulletin

Photo:Gordon Lines 1996 with the Fairhaven Trophy

Gordon Lines 1996 with the Fairhaven Trophy

Gordon Lines, former Chairman of Orwell Parish Council and a very public spirited member of this community, died on October 16th at the age of 75.

A consultant quantity surveyor by profession, Gordon came to Orwell from Bourn thirteen years ago and readily became involved in the activities of the village.  He undertook offices on the Recreation Ground and Village Hall Committees and was Editor of the Orwell Bulletin from March 1991 to July 1993. From 1987 to 1999 he was a Parish Councillor, serving as Chairman for the last four years of that time.

The courtesy and consideration Gordon showed for others were the mark of the caring gentleman that he was. He had a great sense of duty and, although suffering from failing health and often being in great pain during his last year as Chairman, he remained resolute throughout in meeting his responsibilities and leading by example. In the last months of his life he and Ruby, also far from well, were often to be seen walking around the village or tending their immaculate garden at Cross Lane Close, and despite their problems they would cheerfully say that they were ‘keeping each other going.’ Our sympathies are with Ruby as she continues alone.

During Gordon’s term of office as Chairman Orwell won the Best Kept Village award and he promoted a number of village projects, such as the new children’s play area on the Recreation Ground and the planting of trees along the Meridian Line, all of which will serve well as a memorial to him in the years to come.

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