Duncan Fairbairn obituary: Cumbria says farewell to a
Stalwart of the Community
Born in Darlington, the eldest son of a bank manager Mr
and Mrs Stewart Fairbairn.
He attended Worksop College in Nottinghamshire.
In 1962 he joined the Northern Rhodesia Police where he
completed a tour of duty.
A lover of sports he played for the police hockey
He married Carolyn in 1969 moved to Cumbria to pursue a
career in the financial sector.
He joined Spadadam Hockey Club which became
Carlisle Hockey Club where
he enjoyed many years as a player and umpire.
A lover of sports he was a season ticket holder at
Carlisle United, member of Carlisle Squash Club, Wigton
Rugby Club, honorary life member of the Cumberland Cricket
Club and latterly curled at Lockerbie.
He was a blood donor for many years completing his 100th
But he will be most remembered for his commitment to
public service, firstly as a Parish Councillor for Hayton
and thereafter Aikton Parish for 43 years.
A stalwart of Penrith and Boarder Conservative
Party he stood as a County Councillor from 1977-1981.
In 2001 he was elected again and in 2003 became an
Allerdale District Councillor too.
His tireless work on behalf of his constituents
secured his seats for the rest of his life.
During his time as a County Councillor he focused on
children and young people, serving as the Portfolio Holder
for Schools and Learning and thereafter as Chair of the
He was a Governor of West Cumbria Learning Centre
and a member of the Cumbria School Games Local Organising
Committee, and through this work, he contributed
significant time and effort to ensure that the young
people of Cumbria are offered a range of high-quality
He was Chair of West Cumbria Age UK from 2002-17,
Vice-chair of Solway AONB for years and sat on many other
A truly dedicated Councillor he asked the probing
questions, always had a good knowledge of his target areas
and was known by his peers to be firm but fair.
He is survived by his wife Caro, three children Sheena,
Leonie and Charlie and four grandchildren Alex, Sam, Ellie
Duncan passed away peacefully at his home on 2nd
October surrounded by his family.
A Memorial and Thanksgiving Service will take place
on Friday 19th October at 2pm, St Andrews
Church, Aikton, Wigton.
Instead of flowers the family request charity donations.
We have chosen two charities, please click on the
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