Funeral of former MP Jack Aspinwall to take place next Friday

Jack Aspinwall, who died today aged 82

Jack Aspinwall, who died today aged 82

The funeral of the former Kingswood and Wansdyke Conservative MP Jack Aspinwall, who died on Tuesday, will take place on Friday, 29th May in Bitton.

Mr Aspinwall, who had been fighting cancer, passed away at his home in Bath Road, Willsbridge, surrounded by his family. He was 82.

Tributes have been pouring in for the father-of-three who served as an MP for both the Kingswood and Wansdyke constituencies. Former Labour MP Dan Norris, who took over from Mr Aspinwall as MP for Wansdyke in 1997, said: “I am sad to hear of the death of Jack Aspinwall and my thoughts are with his wife, Brenda, and his family and friends.

“I found Jack to be an interesting politician and man. Politically he and I had very different views but as a man, I always found him to be friendly and personable and down-to-earth and I was grateful for the kindness he showed me when I took over from him as the MP for Wansdyke.

“Jack did some terrific work for charity, and not without some personal cost, when he undertook a sponsored parachute jump where he seriously injured his back as he landed. He also compiled some really entertaining books of after-dinner speeches, with people like former Prime Minister James Callaghan and George Thomas, the ex-Speaker of the Commons, to raise significant funds for good causes.

“Many people will fondly remember Jack and his local work right across the Kingswood and Wansdyke constituencies he was proud to represent and will be saddened to hear of his passing.”

His funeral will be at 10.30am at St Mary’s Church.