12:30PM, Tuesday 20 May 2014
A much-loved councillor who stood out as a beacon of political independence in the Royal Borough for nearly 20 years has died at the age of 68.
Cllr Cynthia Endacott (Independent, Clewer North) died in Thames Hospice, Hatch Lane, Windsor, on Friday evening after a two year battle against cancer.
The Welsh-born grandmother from Llanfyllin had lived at her home in Aston Mead, Dedworth since 1970. She and her husband John became leading members of West Windsor Residents' Association and in 1995 Cynthia was elected as a councillor - serving as deputy mayor from 1997 to 1998 and as a cabinet member for social services from 2000 to 2003.
John said: "She was always more concerned with sorting out other peoples' troubles rather than worrying about herself. She cut through red tape.
"But she always stayed friends with colleagues even when they disagreed over issues."
She battled successfully for the 40mph limit and pedestrian crossing in Maidenhead Road. But she would show the same enthusiasm for organising Christmas parties and dances at Homer First School in Dedworth Road where she was a governor, or planting daffodils around Dedworth with other volunteers she had organised.
Her family remember a loving mother whose cooking was 'beyond compare' according to daughter Elizabeth. Son Richard, a department head at Windsor Boys School, said: "She was caring and loving. Nothing was too much trouble. She always put her family first."
Her love of her Welsh homeland saw her and John follow the country's Rugby Union team to Paris, Rome and Dublin. She met John when they were both working on a construction site in South Wales - she as the office secretary, he as a civil engineer.
They were proud grandparents to Seren, Ffion, James and Bethan.A civic funeral will take place at Windsor Parish Church, High Street at noon on Wednesday, May 28 followed by a service at Slough Crematorium for friends and family.
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