FLAGS have been flying at half mast at Hampshire County Council’s Winchester headquarters following the death of Denmead Conservative Councillor Freddie Allgood.
Cllr Allgood represented Denmead on Winchester City Council from 1983 until 2010 and was still a county councillor for the Winchester southern parishes when he passed away at the Rowans Hospice.
He was 78 and leaves behind his wife Sheila, two daughters, two sons and nine grandchildren.
Cllr Allgood was Mayor of Winchester in 1989-90.
In his 20s and 30s he worked as a reporter for national newspapers such as the Sunday Express and for newspapers in Australia and the USA, including the New York Times.
Later the father-of-four worked in public relations for IBM.
He was elected vice chairman of Hampshire County Council in May of this year.
Leading tributes, Cllr Anna McNair Scott, chairman of the county council, said: ‘I am deeply saddened at losing Cllr Allgood as my vice chairman and will miss his wisdom and support. He was an unfailingly considerate and courteous man and my thoughts are with his wife and family at this very sad time.’
Cllr Ken Thornber, county council leader, said: ‘Freddie was not a flamboyant councillor, instead he quietly worked for his constituents and for the councils on which he served.
‘He was a wise man and many councillors when they joined Winchester or the county council sought his advice and counsel, and they pay tribute to that wisdom and the courteous way he delivered it.’