Published: 06:00, 08 March 2020
| Updated: 08:16, 08 March 2020
A long-standing Gravesham and county councillor has died, at the age of 65.
Westcourt ward councillor Colin Caller, an avid Beatles fan with an interest in history and many other topics, brought his enthusiasm and passion for life to his council work from when he was first elected in 1987 until his death last month following a battle with cancer.
Paying tribute to his father – who was also made an Honorary Freeman of the Council in 2019 – Colin’s son, Kevin, described him as “a kind, devoted and loyal husband, father and grandfather”.
He added: “He was also fun loving, mischievous, caring, with a great sense of humour.
“He looked out for everyone, not only family and friends in his personal life but also friends and colleagues in his professional work life as well.
“Always looking for the good in everyone, being positive, telling you the truth, and always being honest, even if it hurt and you didn’t like it.”
He described Colin’s various interests and passions in life, including his beloved Jag, history in general, old war films and his favourite plane the Spitfire, for which he even had the complete Haynes manual – in case he got his hands on one.
“He loved the Beatles,” added Kevin. “Some of the lyrics are typical of the way he thought and how he lived his life.
“One thing I have always known and now today has been emphasized more than ever, is, he was a man that was loved, respected, looked up to and touched the hearts of so many people.”
Cllr John Burden, leader of Gravesham council, said: “Colin was a valued friend and trusted colleague who devoted 33 years of his life to serving the people of Gravesham.
“The borough and the council are poorer places for his passing and I will personally miss his sage advice, support and humour.
“My thoughts are with his family."
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