It is with great sadness we report the death of Peter Smith on Wednesday 5th July. Peter was a long time supporter of the Ashtead Residents' Association and had been Mole Valley Councillor for Ashtead Park Ward. Peter had also been a well respected Governor for West Ashtead School. When on the ARA's Committee, Peter took on the role of Planning with his usual attention to detail.
Larry Unthank who was Chairman of the ARA when Peter was on the Committee says the following:-
"Peter was a lovely bloke, who had a wonderful sense of humour, often mischievous. He was, I think, from the world of IT and was excellent at reviewing the planning applications that affected Ashtead. He went on from the ARA Committee to be an Independent Councillor, a role he filled with full vigour, helping residents in Ashtead when they needed assistance. He was, in my opinion, a great Councillor. Ask something of him & you knew it would be done and well.
Not only was he concerned with local matters, he also took up other causes, telling me and others, in no uncertain terms, that, having discovered his prostate cancer, I and all men of a ‘certain age’, should go to the doctor and have “the test” – “had I”, he suggested, “they might have found it earlier.” Counteracting his illness, he was always walking: drive to Epsom? No! walk it. He was active in the Ramblers and I spent a happy day walking around various fields looking for signposts, whilst he and others in the group tried to get me to sign up.
Peter also found time to be a trustee of Epsom “Age Concern” and held In high regard there, as I discovered when I needed the Charity’s services."
The funeral service will be held next Tuesday, 17th July at 4.15pm at Randalls Road Crematorium. There will be Celebration of Peter's Life later in August at the Epsom Hockey Club..
Rest in Peace Peter.