A HIGHLY respected member of the Boscastle community has died.
George Findlay was a well-known postman, chairman and parish councillor, whose life centred on Boscastle.
Born on January 27, 1940, he had been a parish councillor for many years and served as chairman of the council during the 2004 Boscastle floods.
He was heavily involved with the rebuilding work that was carried out in the years to come after the extensive damage was caused to the village by floodwater.
A dedicated postman, he was noted for meeting Prince Charles, during the Royal visit to Boscastle on Wednesday, August 18 2004 after the flooding, wearing his official postman’s uniform — shorts and all.
At the time of the flooding, and in the years preceding it, George, who was then parish council chairman and a member of the local regeneration committee, worked hard to restore Boscastle to its former glory.
He offered support to those living there and within ten days had helped to restart Boscastle life for many residents.
The support he gave to locals was invaluable and many may not have been aware of how much work George put in to help get Boscastle back on its feet.
Cornwall Councillor Glenton Brown said: “George Findlay was meticulous in parish council affairs for many years.
“He was heavily involved after the 2004 flooding in Boscastle in meeting officials and different departments of Cornwall Council, and also with the Prince Charles visit.
“His life really centred around Boscastle, growing up and working on a dairy farm at Trevalga. He was a hands-on and diligent man in many ways people may not be aware of.”
Fellow former parish councillor and chairman Arthur Bannister said: “We served on the parish council together and were involved in the rebuilding work that followed the 2004 flooding in Boscastle.
“We also worked together on the regeneration committee, which was a collection of all the organisations that helped with the works, and we used to attend meetings together in Wadebridge.”
Although George was heavily involved with parish council affairs his interests stretched beyond Boscastle. He was very involved with such groups as Camelford Show, the Trevalga Fete and was a member of the Trevalga Parish Hall Committee.
George was the husband of Jill, father of Julian and Sonja and brother of Helen, Marion and David.
He died peacefully at home on Friday, January 22, five days before his 76th birthday.
A private cremation will be held and a thanksgiving service at Tintagel United Methodist Church tomorrow (Thursday) at 12.30pm.