A FORMER Astley Bridge councillor described as a “proud Boltonian” by friends has died, aged 87.

Rotarian Frank Waterworth, previously a magistrate, chairman of the Bolton North East Conservatives and chairman of both Eagley and Egerton cricket clubs, died in hospital on Thursday, June 12, after a long illness.

His son Colin Waterworth paid tribute to him, describing him as a busy man who worked hard to put the needs of his community first when he was a councillor in the 1960s and 1970s.

He said: “He was a proper head of the family, in all senses. He was always quite happy to get involved in things. He was a decent person, he treated people decently. He will be sadly missed.”

Mr Waterworth was born in Bury, but his family moved to Bolton when he was a baby. He lived in Astley Bridge all his life.

He started life as a farmer, before he lost his farming land, on the site now owned by Sharples School, following a court battle.

In later life he worked as a driving instructor.

Mr Waterworth was married to the late Elsie, and together they had four children — David, Colin, Gillian and the late Graham as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Current Astley Bridge councillor John Walsh knew Mr Waterworth for almost 40 years, and said when he last saw him they enjoyed a “bright, very lively” conversation.

He said: “He was a proud Boltonian, and offered a great deal to the community.”

The funeral service will take place tomorrow, at St Paul’s Church, Astley Bridge at 10.30am followed by a private cremation and refreshments at Egerton Cricket Club.

Family flowers only, but donations can be made to Diabetes UK.