Tributes pour in to “a true gentleman who loved Colnbrook”
There has been an outpouring of sympathy for the family of “K” Laxman who passed away on Friday.
Tributes have been pouring in for a man described variously as “an inspiration”, “an amazing man”, and a “pillar of the community”.
Parish councillor Kishorbhai Ramjibhai Laxman, known simply as “K”, passed away on Saturday after a lengthy battle against cancer.
Originally from Staines, he studied at Chelsea School of Pharmacy and set up the Colnbrook Pharmacy over thirty years ago.
Many residents have spoken of memories of relationships going back decades; others have related to his kindness, and his support for the village.
Local theatrical groups CAST and the Wraysbury Players have posted tributes.
Last January K stepped back from the Colnbrook Pharmacy after as his health began to deteriorate. But, for many, K was not just the village pharmacist but the driving force behind so many village events – to whose success he was pivotal. Even with his illness progressing he took the lead on last year’s celebrations in the village in honour of the Queen’s 90th birthday, ensuring they were a great success.
After veteran councillors Hood, Angell and Smith, K was the longest serving member of Colnbrook Parish Council. He took a particular interest in efforts to improve community engagement through the organisation of events including a summer festival, Apple Fairs, and the annual village Christmas Party, but he was also involved in the Environmental Working Group, and was a keen advocate of a Neighbourhood Plan.
In 2010 K was awarded the Colnbrook Community Cup and, in 2014, when he was proposed to be made an Honorary Freeman of the Parish, the vote was unanimously carried.
The Colnbrook Community Association broke the news on Sunday via Facebook and residents have been quick to post their sadness as well as their feelings about a man who will clearly leave a big hole in people’s hearts, and big shoes to fill on the Parish Council.
“… pillar of the community in more ways than one and a true gentleman …”
“… an inspiration to the village, may his legacy be recognised …”
“… always was the perfect gentleman …”
“… a true supporter of Colnbrook and its people in mind body and soul …”
“… true gentleman who loved Colnbrook …”
“… a genuine gentleman …”
“… a kind man who did much good for the local community …”
“… a perfect gentleman …”
“… an amazing man …”
“… a great supporter and lovely friend …”
“… a lovely person …”
“… lovely lovely man, such a great loss …”
“… a true gentleman …”
“… always so helpful …”
“… a real loss, a lovely gentleman …”
Kishorbhai Ramjibhai Laxman 1957-2017