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Sad deaths of servants of Boston

Two servants of Boston, one of them an Honorary Freeman of the Borough, have died within days of each other.

James (Jim) Howes died peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, October 31. Horace Battram, a former Deputy Mayor, died on Thursday, October 29.

Mr Howes was made an Honorary Freeman of the Borough on March 15, 1999, in appreciation of services to the community. He had been  chairman of governors of both Boston Grammar School and its Charitable Foundation, past President of the Old Bostonian Association (1978-83), Chairman of Trustees for Holy Trinity Church, past chairman of 337 Boston Round Table, past president and Paul Harris Fellow of Boston Rotary Club. He had been an officer of the Rural District Council and Boston Borough Council from 1946 to 1987, responsible for establishment of a comprehensive housing department on the amalgamation of the two authorities, past National President of the District Council Technical Association, advisor to the Association of District Councils Housing and Environment Committee, past chairman of the Lincolnshire branch on the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

There will be a private family cremation in the next week then a celebration of his life towards the end of November at Holy Trinity Church.

Cllr Richard Austin, Boston Mayor, said: "Jim is a great loss, to his family, but also to Boston. There are few people, if any, who have contributed more to the life and well being of the area over so many years."

Horace Battram was Deputy Mayor for 2000 to 2001. He was elected in 1991 and served until 1995 and was then re-elected at a by-election in July 1998 and served until May 2007. He was a Conservative member.

Council leader, Cllr Peter Bedford, said: "He had been a local government officer before becoming a councillor. He was dedicated and his expertise and passion was housing. It was a great loss to the council when he lost his seat."

Mr Battram had been resident in a care home in Chesterfield. He had formerly lived in Sleaford Road, Boston. He leaves his wife, Monica.