Bognor Regis Herald — Councillor Dougal Maconachie dies months after his wife

courtesy Arun District Council

The Herald is sad to report that Councillor Dougal Maconachie died this morning after battling cancer for many months. He served as Marine Ward Councillor (Consevative) on both Arun and Bognor Town Councils. He was a former Chairman of the District Council and had suffered ill-health for some time.

This follows the death earlier this year of his wife, Jacqui Maconachie, also a Councillor at Arun. Dougal was an accountant in his working life and often brought a detailed scrutiny to council financial affairs.

There are no details of funeral arrangements at this time. He had lived in The Steyne for many years and we understand family members had been assisting in his care.

Former Arun and Town Councillor and Town Mayor, Roger Nash paid tribute: “Dougal served his Town well, I had great respect for him and he struggled bravely in his final months, caring for his wife and attending meetings, he had a huge sense of public duty.”

Cllr Jim Brooks, Marine Ward (Arun and Town) “Dougal really was suffering, especially these last few weeks. Even so I don’t believe he missed a single meeting at Arun or Town when not undergoing treatment. Dougal was passionate about council matters but if the vote went against him that was the end of the matter. He never bore a grudge. I will miss my fellow Ward colleague.”

Bognor Regis Town Council

Bognor Regis Town Council are deeply saddened to learn that Councillor Dougal Maconachie passed away on the morning of Thursday 21st December 2017.

Dougal first served as a Bognor Regis Town Councillor between 1995 and 1999, as a Conservative representative for Marine Ward. Following a sabbatical, Dougal returned to local government and became an Arun District Councillor, serving as Chairman from 2014–2015. In May 2015, Dougal once again served as a Town Councillor until the present time.

Councillor Maconachie was a great public servant and worked tirelessly for the people he represented in Marine Ward, and for the wider community within the Arun District. He was a serving member of the Policy and Resources Committee, having previously served on the Environment and Leisure, Events, Promotion and Publicity, and Mayoralty Selection Committees. Dougal was a man of strong principles and beliefs who brought determination to matters with which he was involved.

On hearing the news, Dougal’s fellow Town Councillors paid tribute to their colleague, and friend, remembering him fondly as passionate about Council matters, but one who never bore a grudge if a vote went against him. Councillor Maconachie always put the people he represented at the heart of it, barely having missed a Council Meeting whilst undergoing treatment for a long-term illness. Dougal lost his beloved wife, Jacqui, only four months ago and yet his commitment to the Town never wavered as was evident by his attendance at a Policy and Resources Committee Meeting just over a fortnight ago.

Glenna Frost, Town Clerk of Bognor Regis Town Council said, “Dougal will be missed by so many, and on behalf of Bognor Regis Town Council, I offer my sincere condolences to his family and friends.”

Cllr Dougal Maconachie — Arun District Council tribute

It is with great sadness that Arun District Council shares the news that Cllr Dougal Maconachie has passed away on 21 December 2017.

Dougal leaves a legacy of having served as an Arun District Councillor for over 10 years, representing Barnham and Marine Wards during this time. He also served as Chair of Arun District Council from 2014–2015, and supported West Sussex Music Trust as the Chairman’s Charity during his tenure. Dougal was a hardworking councillor, and was a serving member of the Standards, Development Control, Bognor Regis Regeneration and Audit and Governance Committees, and was also a member of the Environment and Leisure Working Group, in addition to proving a determined and influential member of other committees during his service at the council.

Cllr Maconachie sadly lost his wife, Cllr Mrs Jacqui Maconachie, in August of this year. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this time.

Nigel Lynn, Chief Executive of Arun District council said “Dougal was a highly regarded councillor, who cared deeply for the district and people he represented. We are deeply saddened to have lost both Dougal and Jacqui Maconachie in the last four months and, on behalf of Arun District Council, I offer my deepest sympathy to their family and friends.”

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