Mr Paul Birch

Friday, July 13, 2012 - 8:59

A LONG-SERVING Cowes Town councillor with an outstanding intellect has died following a short illness.
Cllr Paul Birch, 56, of Cliff Road, Cowes, died at Woodside Nursing Home in Wootton, on Wednesday, July 4.
Cllr Birch was born in Liverpool and was educated at Merchant Taylor’s School, Crosby. He later studied at Trinity College, Cam-bridge, and gained a BA (Hons) degree in natural sciences in 1977.
He went on to post graduate study at the University of Manchester, Nuffield Radio-Astronomy Laboratories and Jodrell Bank and achieved a diploma in advanced studies in science, radio astronomy (hot spots in extra galactic radio sources) and achieved his MA in 1981. He lived in West Derby before moving to the IW around 25 years ago.
He worked at Marconi Defence Systems Ltd at its Satcoms division and later at Plessey Radar Ltd Advanced Systems in Cowes before becoming self employed. He was elected to the town council in 2003.
Cllr Birch was considered something of a loner but his outstanding intellect and commitment to the role of town councillor earned him the respect and affection of his colleagues.
For some time, he chaired the finance committee and also gave his time freely to carry out internal audits of its finances.
His IT skills were much appreciated by his colleagues and he was instrumental in setting up the new offices the council moved into last year.
Cllr Birch was a leading member of the Island’s branch of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) for ten years and stood for election to the IW Council as a UKIP candidate.
He was also an active member of Cowes Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (CAODS), taking many parts over the years in various productions. He was also a member of The Apollo Theatre and the Wight Writers.
His cremation service will take place on Monday, July 23, at 1.30pm at the IW Crematorium.

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