Memorial service for former councillor Dermot Poston MBE, JP

A memorial service for former councillor Dermot Poston MBE, JP will be held on Saturday, 1st April at 2pm at St Luke's Church Eltham Park, Westmount Road, SE9 1XQ.

Fulsome tributes were made to Dermot, who was first elected to the council in 1968 and last year was awarded the Freedom of the Borough for his lifetime of public service, at Wednesday's Full Council meeting by councillors of both parties.

Councillor Spencer Drury, who served with Dermot as a fellow councillor for Eltham North ward, said: “Dermot will be missed enormously. He was first elected in 1968, the very last time the Conservatives won the council elections in Greenwich and was the last councillor to have experienced Greenwich not run by the Labour group.

“It is a measure of how highly respected he was that his retirement dinner was attended by Mr Efford and former Eltham Conservative MP Peter Bottomley, as well as Labour councillors.

“Dermot had a great old fashioned sense of responsibility which informed his role as a councillor – when he first became a councillor, the role was undertaken without payment – and so he did it very much for the love of it and the community.

“He brought great gravitas to the proceedings but also great humour. He made the most amazing passionate speeches that people would really sit up and listen to.”

Dermot Poston leaves his wife Jenny, children Tom and Rachel, and his grandchildren.  The family has asked for donations to be made in lieu of flowers to Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice.

Read tributes in the Greenwich Mercury.