It is with great sadness that we announce that Cllr Gary Grindal, former Executive Member for Housing and Environmental Health, sadly passed away last Thursday, 26 May. He was 61 and had been ill for a while. Gary will be missed and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.
Gary served as a district councillor for 26 years, between 1996 and 2022. He was a ward member for Letchworth Wilbury and served on the cabinet as Executive Member for Housing and Environmental Health from 2019 to 2022. He sat on many committees throughout his time at North Herts Council including the Community Services Committee, Cabinet Panel on Place, Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation Joint Member Panel and Letchworth Committee. He also sat on various outside body groups including North Herts District Sports Council, Howard Cottage Housing Association and Howard Cottage Society.
Cllr Elizabeth Dennis-Harburg, Leader of North Herts Council, said: “There are few words to describe the loss of Gary Grindal. He was passionate about our community and gave everything he could to improving things right up to having to stand down this year. His record of delivering not just for Wilbury, but for the whole of North Herts, speaks for itself and he will be greatly missed by all.”
Cllr Amy Allen, fellow ward member for Letchworth Wilbury, added: “I first knew Gary before I was a councillor, he helped kickstart the Wilbury Community Café which I now run. He was one of those genuinely decent people, his personality filled the room but not his ego. He always had time for those who needed it, even towards the end giving his all. The Wilbury ward of Letchworth has lost a huge asset and I’m going to miss him so much.”