This is an archived press release
Friday 21 October 2011
Tributes were paid today to Councillor Ron Priestley, a former member of the Peak District National Park Authority, who died this week.
Councillor Priestley served on the authority for more than eight years. He represented High Peak Borough Council for four years followed by four years as a parish member elected by parish councils in the national park.
He joined the authority in 2003 and resigned as a member earlier this month due to ill health. He died at home in Castleton on Wednesday night.
A lifelong resident of the Hope Valley, Ron was well known in the local community. He was a serving Castleton parish councillor and had long been involved in farming and haulage.
Tony Favell, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, and longstanding friend of Ron and his wife Dora, said: “Everyone is saddened by Ron’s death. He will be missed greatly by his large family and all who knew him.
“Despite being ill for some time his passion for the Hope Valley and farming never faltered.
“He was a big supporter of the rural economy and prior to becoming ill, brought his wisdom to bear on our planning committee, resources committee, services committee and latterly on the audit, resources and performance committee.”
Ron was a former National Farmers' Union branch and county chairman, and was the president of Hope Show during the millennium year. He represented the Hope Valley on High Peak Borough council for many years and was a highly respected and popular mayor.