Book of condolence for Councillor Chris Underwood-Frost

Chris Underwood-Frost
Chris Underwood-Frost

The Gainsborough Standard has opened a book of condolence for Councillor Chris Underwood-Frost.

Coun Underwood-Frost passed away on Wednesday evening after a long battle with illness.

To sign the book, email us with your condolences to newsroom@gainsboroughstandard.co.uk or leave a message below.

“Chris was a one-off, always ready to challenge but also give you support and good advice when it was needed.”

“He made a valuable contribution to council matters over the years, particularly in the debates and committees in which he was involved and he was also a good friend and support to so many. Robust in his arguments, Chris vigorously stood up for his constituents in the council chamber and for what he believed was right.”

“He has shown great strength and dignity in coping with a long illness and despite deteriorating health over the past few years, he always made great efforts to fulfil his council commitments.”

“I’m sure I speak for all my fellow members and officers at the council, in saying we will miss him greatly as a colleague and friend.”

Coun Martin Hill

Chairman, Lincolnshire County Council

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“It is with great sadness that the Gainsborough Constituency Conservative Association learnt of the death of Councillor Chris Underwood-Frost.”

“Chris was a dedicated, passionate and hard-working County and District Councillor and will be sadly missed by people living in the Scotter area, his colleagues, and by our association.”

“We offer our deepest sympathy to the family at this sad time.”

Stephanie Rouse

Chairman, Gainsborough Constituency Conservative Association

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“I had the privilege to be Chris’s agent for his last district and county election campaigns. Despite his illness, Chris was a vigorous advocate for the people he represented. His dedication, decency and enthusiasm are the traits I will particularly remember. Even though I am the newest Conservative member of the authority I was put on the planning committee, which Chris was chairman of; he was remarkably generous in offering his support as I found my feet on the committee and for that I am truly grateful.”

Coun Giles McNeill

West Lindsey District Councillor

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“Chris and I joined District on the same day and County on the same day.”

“He was as straight as the rifle he aimed as a guardsman, and as brave as a guardsman is taught to be. In fact in 70 years I have never known a braver man nor someone, who constantly refused to surrender an opinion-especially on planning!”

“Honesty and kindness were imbedded in his character, some will say we did not always see eye to eye, but that was the strength of our friendship.”

“We were all deeply fond of this fine man and good friend. Our hearts go out to Sally and of course Max – and not forgetting Tracey.”

Coun Lewis Strange

Lincolnshire County and West Lindsey District Councillor

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“A sad goodbye to Chris Underwood-Frost, a dedicated county and district councillor who fought like a lion for many years against more cancers than any one person could expect to endure. Kind, hard-working and thinking about his constituents even in the last few days of his life as he stood to give his farewell speech at County Hall and told us all to make sure we pick up the phone for those who need us. This was a life well lived. Sleep peacefully, Chris, and thank you.”

Coun Jackie Brockway

Lincolnshire County and West Lindsey District Councillor

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“It is with great sadness that we have learned of Chris’ death this week.”

I especially wish to acknowledge at this sad time, his immeasurable contribution to the Central Lincolnshire Joint Planning Committee. He has been a key member from the committee’s very inception, bringing to fore his immense experience and skill within planning and local representation and of course his strongly-held views and convictions to shape the long-term plans which will enable the growth of Central Lincolnshire, which he felt so passionately about, for decades to come.”

“As we move forward with these plans I know that they will form a fitting legacy and remembrance of his passion and dedication to public service.”

“Despite being ill for a significant period of time he turned up, participated and contributed in his characteristic forthright manner. I respect him deeply for that and will fondly remember him for that.”

“I offer my most sincere condolences to his family and colleagues at the county and West Lindsey councils. A large man in both stature and presence, he will be greatly missed.”

Coun Marion Brighton

Vice-chairman of the Central Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee and leader of North Kesteven District Council

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“My family and I had the inestimable pleasure of knowing Chris as a friend.We’ll miss him. His irrepressible sense of humour was a tonic , and his zest for life was an inspiration.”

I also worked with him when he was a member of Lincolnshire Police Authority, which he served with the same dedication to the people of Lincolnshire that he demonstrated as a district and county councillor.”

His contribution to the life of the county, and particularly to education in the Gainsborough area, will be a lasting legacy.”

He was one of the first to congratulate me on my election as Police and Crime Commissioner. In fact he was the very first to suggest that I should stand for election.”

Our sincere condolences to Chris’s family.”

Alan Hardwick

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“Thoughts with the family - thinking of you at this sad time.”

Rita Moody

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“This very brave man not only served the people in his ward as district councillor and County Councillor but served his country in our military services.”

“I met Chris in 2002, a strong personality with conviction in what he believed. He worked strenuously to provide for everyone, working almost to the end by chairing so professionally the planning committee. I was so pleased we were able to present him with his service to West Lindsey award before he said good bye. A very brave man, I can only offer my deepest sympathy to Max (his son) and Sally (his mother). He died with love around him.”

Coun Jeff Summers,

Leader of West Lindsey District Council

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“Chris will be sadly missed as a friend and as a councillor. He did a great job as the chairman of the planning committee, making a huge difference. We will all miss him.”

Coun Irmgard Parrott,

West Lindsey District Council

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“For all the time I have known Chris, some fourteen years, he has fought and battled against cancer. Who among us would not have given up and succumbed a long while ago, but his testament is that wasn’t Chris’s style but battling on and serving others while doing it was.”

Coun David Cotton,

West Lindsey District Council

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“For years he struggled with cancer, and suffered from the effects of his illness and the affects of the treatment; but he came back time and time again: not only to fulfil his role as an elected representative; but to be seen to be fulfilling his role as a public representative.”

“So compelling was his commitment to his council duties that his colleagues on the district and county councils saw fit to honour Chris with presentations and testimonials during the last few weeks of his life. It is to be regretted that he did not receive the honours and awards that might have been his due, during his public life; but his achievements in securing funds for education in Gainsborough, his professional approach to his responsibilities as the Chairman of the Planning Committee, and his year’s service with the Police Authority will be long remembered. Chris will be remembered with respect and/or affection by all who knew him.”

“When the ‘Honourable Member for Scotter’ rose to his feet in a council chamber, his colleagues listened. If they did not he would bark at them stating ‘if you would pay attention you might learn something’. But that was Kit’s public life, and he attributed his oratory to his delivery and he attributed his delivery to ‘voice training’.”

“He was a singer, and he learned to roller skate. That was to do with ‘Starlight Express’. Chris went to the same singing coach as Sarah Brightman; he auditioned for a leading role in Les Miserable, and was a close friend of Phantom of the Opera singer Barry James. In other words: Councillor Underwood Frost was in West End Theatre. That was after his four year Army Career in as a Grenadier Guardsman, where he was noted as ‘an outstanding marksman’.”

“There were many facets to the life of Christopher Underwood-Frost: many in the public domain; but in private Chris was fighting a battle against cancer that needed the courage of a soldier and the presence of theatrical when the show had to go on.”

“Again, in private, he was given the strength to go on by his devotion to his son Max. And in any tribute to ‘Chris’ tribute must also be given to his mother Sally who has supported and nursed him during his declining days. Clearly the best way to remember Chris would be to support those whom he loved.”

Coun Diana Rodgers,

West Lindsey District Council

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“Chris and I joined the council together in 1999, we became the biggest of rivals in the closest sense. I will miss him greatly as he was an essential part of the council. There will be a big hole left in my heart as well as my council. I will miss him.”

Coun Reg Shore,

West Lindsey District Council

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“Chris worked incredibly hard for the council and for his community. It’s a great loss to the council and to his family.”

Coun Alan Caine,

West Lindsey District Council

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“One of the most genuine people you could meet.”

“He had time for everybody and he worked hard for both the district and the county council. The council is very grateful for all the work he has done especially on the planning committee.”

Coun Geoff Wiseman,

West Lindsey District Council

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“When I first started with West Lindsey District Council I worked with Coun Underwood-Frost in the wake of the Audit Commission’s report into the operation of the planning service at the council. Throughout this period of upheaval Chris was always a man of great integrity who had a clear vision what he wanted to achieve with the planning service. Whilst he could be challenging with both officers and members he was always fair and had regard to the greater interest of West Lindsey and the planning service in all he sought to achieve. He also supported the people of Scotter when issues affected them.”

“In my career I have worked with a number of chairs of planning committees and I must say that of all of those I have worked with Chris was one of the best. I will personally miss him and I know he will be sorely missed by both the councillors and officers of the council and the residents of the district who have cause to use the planning service at West Lindsey.”

Mark Sturgess,

Director of Regeneration and Planning at West Lindsey District Council

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