03:28AM, Wednesday 09 January 2013
A respected and popular former Royal Borough mayor from Eton Wick has died aged 80.
Farmer Bill Cooley, of Little Common Farm, in Common Road, died at his home at 6.15am on New Year's Day.
The father-of-three was a well-known character in the village and died from motor neurone disease, which he had battled for two-and-a-half years.
He represented the interests of villagers in Eton Wick on the Eton West ward on the council for more than 30 years and stood as mayor of the borough in 1987/88.
Bill was known by many people in the village for delivering milk on his rounds for many years until the early 1990s.
Among other community positions he held was school governor at both Eton Wick School and Churchmead School in Datchet.
He was also a magistrate at Slough Magistrates' Court, while he was a keen pheasant shooter in his spare time and loved family life.
His daughter Barbara Muir, 54, who lives in Eton Wick, said the farm is 'not the same' without her father, who everyone loved.
She said: "He was a great character doing the milk rounds and when he was working as a councillor and mayor.
"Everyone is going to miss his words of wisdom and commitment to things."
He is survived by his wife Joan, twin daughters Barbara and Susan, his youngest daughter Margaret, 50, and five grandchildren.
His burial will take place at Eton Wick St John the Baptist Church on Friday, January 18, at 11am followed by a wake at Eton Wick Village Hall, both in Eton Wick Road.
Anyone is welcome to attend both.
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