Lord Lieutenant loses cancer battle

By Ian Dipple 24/04 Updated: 26/04 16:26

The Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire Michael Brinton (left), pictured here with the Duke of Gloucester, passed away on Monday. Picture by Julia Bennett. 16.08.012.JBE2

TRIBUTES have been paid to the Queen’s representative in Worcestershire who has died following a battle with cancer.

The Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire Michael Brinton died on Monday (April 23) at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. He had been fighting cancer for the past year.

His wife Angela and three children have asked for privacy while they come to terms with their loss.

The Queen will be sending her condolences to his family.

The 70-year-old was the deputy Lord Lieutenant for a decade before his appointment to the prestigious post in August 2001.

His duties as Lord Lieutenant included organising royal visits to the county and among those he welcomed to Worcester were the Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal and the Duke of Gloucester.

He also chaired the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee responsible for the selection of local magistrates and was actively involved in supporting and recognising the work of the public sector and voluntary organisations within the community.

His passing comes just three months before he was due to welcome the Queen to Worcester as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour of the country.

Mayor of Worcester Coun Dr David Tibbutt said: “On behalf of the city of Worcester and the city council, I would like to offer my condolences to Michael’s wife Angela at this sad time.

“I got to know Michael Brinton very well indeed during my year as Mayor of Worcester. He became a great friend and he was always good to talk to. He was a gentle man and very good at putting people at ease.

“He was a great man and is an immense loss to the city and county.”

The Bishop of Worcester Dr John Inge said Mr Brinton was someone for whom he had a profound admiration and respect.

“His service to the people of Worcestershire as Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant was exemplary. He was, in addition, a person of immense graciousness, kindness and modesty,” he said.

“His was an inspiring example of Christian service and he will be sorely missed by me and very many others,” he added.

Born in Belbroughton in 1941 he went to Eton but never attended university instead choosing to spend time in Europe perfecting his German, French and Italian before joining the family firm, Brintons Carpets, aged 21.

He chaired the company, which was passed down through six generations of his family, and also served as non-executive director and honorary president.

A private family funeral will be held before a memorial service at Worcester Cathedral in the autumn.

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