Pivotal Cotswolds figure dies aged 90

ONE of the Cotswolds most influential figures has died aged 90.

William Davies, who was known to friends as Tony, was pivotal in establishing the Cotswolds District Council as well as the Round Table and Rotary clubs.

Born in Blaenavon, Wales in 1921, his father was a bank manager and he grew up in Tredegar and then Porthcawl, until the outbreak of the Second World War.

He joined the Army and was stationed across the Middle East, predominantly in Egypt.

On his return, he qualified as a solicitor and in 1948 visited his brother in Bourton-on-the-Water for the weekend, en route to taking a job at a law firm in Buckingham.

His grandson Will Davies said: “While there he met solicitor Cox-Howman, who had just had a row with his then partner and was looking for somebody to ‘do his work for him’.

“He turned down the Buckingham job and stayed in Bourton-on-the-Water, which he made his home for more than 64 years.”

In the late 1950s Tony took over the firm in Station Road – where it still operates today – renaming it Kendall and Davies.

In the early 1980s he was joined by his eldest son Huw and, in the 1990s, by his second son Richard.

A passionate public servant, Tony was a key player in setting up the Cotswolds District Council, representing the North Cotswolds.

He was also appointed Clerk to Bourton parish council, a role he kept for nearly 40 years.

He was central to establishing the North Cotswolds Round Table, followed by the North Cotswolds District Rotary Club – and was later awarded the Paul Harris Award for Rotary.

Will added: “Both clubs continue to champion myriad worthy causes to this day.”

A lover of sport, Tony was a key player and then supporter of Stow Rugby Club and president and Chairman of Bourton Vale Lawn Tennis Club.

A packed church of more than 200 family and friends gathered for a final farewell at St Lawrence’s Church in Bourton-on-the-Water last week.

Mr Davies leaves his wife Barbara, children Lorna, Huw, Richard and Gareth, and 14 grandchildren.

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