Councillors in tribute to ‘Mr Horncastle’

Jack Simpson
Jack Simpson

Tributes have started to pour in for a former town mayor and long-serving councillor who has been described as ‘Mr Horncastle.’

Jack Simpson died on December 23 at the age of 88.

He was served on the former Urban Council and then Horncastle Town Council for 40 years before standing down in 2007.

Mr Simpson was also a district councillor from 1991-1999.

Horncastle’s mayor, Coun Fiona Martin, described Mr Simpson as a man who was renowned for his ‘integrity, honesty and dedication.’

Coun Martin said: “He was Horncastle through and through - Mr Horncastle if you like.

“He is a sad loss to the whole community.”

Mr Simpson was born in Friskney and his first job was an errand boy at the age of 14. Four years later, he joined the Army and served in the Royal Military Police in Germany.

In 1947, he returned to Lincolnshire and worked for Lunn and Dodson’s in Horncastle in the grocery trade.

In 1949, he married his wife Phyllis and moved back to Horncastle 12 months later, taking over a grocers’ shop in Foundry Street. It had been owned by his wife’s parents.

He retired in 1985 and had various part-time jobs, including caretaker at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, driving a school bus and working for a funeral directors.

Mr Simpson was appointed as a magistrate at Horncastle District Court in 1970 and served for 25 years.

He was a ‘cornerstone’ of Horncastle Methodist Church as a church steward, lettings steward and relief caretaker.

He was chairman of George Jobson Trust, the longest serving trustee and chairman of the Almshouses Trust and a driver for the town’s voluntary car service.

He leaves behind three daughters, eight grandchildren and two great grandsons.

Coun Martin added: “He did so much for the town.”

His funeral will be held at Alford Crematorium on January 17 (11am) and will be followed by a service of thanksgiving at Horncastle Methodist Church (12.15pm).

Donations to the Methodist Church and the Methodist Relief and Development Fund.

Coun Martin added: “He always spoke up for what he believed in. When he spoke, it was with good, old fashioned common sense.”

Town and county councillor Bill Aron echoed Coun Martrin’s comments.

He said: “I was fortunate to serve on the council alongside Jack and he was a tremendous ambassador for Horncastle.

“He was a very genuine person who really cared about others.

“He will be a sad loss. People with his dedication and determination don’t come around very often.”