Wednesday, 22 September 2010
Colin Grantham RIP
Tributes have been paid to one of Tameside’s longest serving politicians who has died at the age of 80.
Colin Grantham, a former councillor and leader of the borough’s Conservative party, died in hospital on Sunday after suffering heart failure.
He leaves Gladys, his wife of 54 years, children Ruth and James and two grandchildren.
Mr Grantham, who was born and bred in Gee Cross, was first elected to Hyde Borough Council in 1967 and played a key role in the formation of Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council in 1974.
He led the council when Tories took control of the borough from 1976-9 and won a High Court battle to stop local grammar schools from being turned into comprehensives.
His services to local government earned him an OBE.
Apart from a break between 1988-98 to concentrate on his career as a business broker, he remained as a councillor for Hyde Werneth and later Stalybridge South until three years ago when he stepped down due to ill health.
Son James described his dad as a man who stood up for what he believed in.
He was also a keen entrepreneur, setting up several businesses – including an early venture running a vinegar-bottling factory.
James, 46, said: "He was prepared to stand up and be counted. He understood everybody had their own opinion but he would fight for what was right and the people he was acting for.
"He was generous, he had a great desire to serve the local community and gave the very best. He would always do whatever he could for whoever asked him." Manchester Evening News
Rest in Peace Mr Grantham. An honest politician and a gentleman.