Tributes to Lions stalwart Colin, 72

Colin Poole
Colin Poole

Lions Club members have paid tribute to a long-serving stalwart who passed away earlier this month.

Colin Poole, who was a member of Todmorden Lions Club for more than 30 years, died on October 9 after a short illness, aged 72.

Colin was president of the club in 2008-2009, and served as activities co-ordinator for many years, organising fundraising events including the duck race, the family fun day and the Santa sleigh in December.

He was a keen supporter of Todmorden Leos and also helped with the establishment of a new Lions club in the Calder Valley in the 1990s.

Rod Wainwright, of Todmorden Lions, said: “He was quite a character - engaging, cheerful and optimistic.

“He was still an active member up until he became ill.

“It was a shock to all of us. He had always been fit and active.

“He was a good Lion and a good friend.”

Colin was a member of Todmorden Harriers and served on Todmorden Town Council from 1991-1995.

His funeral was held on Tuesday.

He leaves three sons, four grandchildren and his partner Angie.