Former mayor loses battle against cancer
A FORMER Sherborne mayor has died of cancer aged 83.
Patrick O'Dwyer served as mayor during Sherborne's millennium year, from May 1999 to May 2000.
He was first elected as a Labour councillor in the town in May 1995, serving a total of seven years.
Mr O'Dwyer moved to Sherborne with his wife, Norah, in 1982.
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He had enjoyed a long and successful career with Merseyside Police, where he retired as a chief inspector, and was working for the Atomic Energy Authority when he moved to Dorset.
Earlier in his life, he had worked for the Central Electricity Generating Board and had served in the Royal Navy.
In March he was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a form of cancer which affects the lining of the lung.
He died on Thursday at Sobell House Hospice in Oxford.
He leaves behind two sons, Martin, a judge in London, and Nicholas, a documentary director based in Oxford.
Nicholas O'Dwyer said: "Patrick was gentle, kind, brave and strong – a perfect gentleman.
"He was funny and self-deprecating but he achieved a lot in his life.
"He was a loyal and loving husband for 57 years; he was a constant and supportive father; he delighted in being a grandparent; he prospered in his working life.
"He was greatly loved and we will all miss him every day."
A small family funeral will take place this afternoon at the Ham Down Woodland Burial Ground, Shillingstone, Dorset.
The family have requested donations are made to the Sobell House Hospice Charity, Churchill Hospital, Oxford, OX37LJ.