Former town councillor dies aged 67

Former Thame town councillor Peter Cockayne
Former Thame town councillor Peter Cockayne

FORMER Thame town councillor Peter Cockayne has died aged 67 after losing his brave battle with cancer.

Mr Cockayne died peacefully at home in Holliers Close, Thame, on March 8, leaving behind widow, Val, and their two children, Phil and Sophie.

Peter moved to Thame with Val and their young family in 1977.

From his early days in the town, Peter initially began stage managing and acting with Thame Players.

But his main passion was in local politics, and for many years he was the main organiser and motivator of the local Liberal Democrat party, giving his time, and home, to the cause.

He also served as a member of Thame Town Council for eight years.

Peter was one of the first people to be involved with the town’s Cattle Market Action Group, as well as being a volunteer at Thame Museum and as a steward at Waddesdon Manor.

A keen cyclist, he would often invite friends to share his ancient tandem and he also helped to get the Phoenix Trail established from Princes Risborough to Thame.