Memorial tribute to a community champion

Memorial tribute to a community champion

A MEMORIAL was unveiled in Batley in honour of late councillor Peter O’Neill.

The lime tree and plaque is at the Pakistan and Kashmir Welfare Association (PKWA) on Manor Way. A large crowd, including his widow Gillian and a cross-section of the community attended.

The plaque reads: “In loving memory of Councillor Peter O’Neill, Community Champion and Friend. Gone but will Never be Forgotten”. It was unveiled by Mr O’Neill’s granddaughter, Ella Grace.

Mr O’Neill, who was succeeded in Batley West ward by daughter Coun Marielle O’Neill, was a councillor for eight years.

He held several cabinet posts and at the time he stood down he was cabinet member for schools.

Fiaz Rashid, a director of the PKWA, said: “I knew Peter for more than 12 years and always found him to be principled, warm, hard-working and a compassionate advocate for the people.

“He passionately campaigned for local, national and international causes to make our society a better place for all.”

Mr Rashid added: “His inspiration and selfless service to the community will remain with us.”

Coun O’Neill said: “My father was a man of the highest moral character and a tireless advocate for those in need.

“He would go out of his way to go the extra mile to help people. This is a very fitting tribute and it’s lovely to see the community come together to honour him in this way.”

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