Tributes paid to magistrate, 65

Tributes... Richard Pacey
Tributes... Richard Pacey

A SCARBOROUGH magistrate and the former chief executive of the Pickering-based Wilf Ward Family Trust, has died in St Catherine’s Hospice following a long illness.

A SCARBOROUGH magistrate and the former chief executive of the Pickering-based Wilf Ward Family Trust, has died in St Catherine’s Hospice following a long illness.

Richard Pacey, 65, was awarded the OBE in 2000 for services to the community, especially people with learning disabilities in Yorkshire.

He had also been an active magistrate at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court and since his retirement maintained his commitment to a range of voluntary activities including Welburn Hall School, where he was chairman of the board of governors and the George Edward Smart Residential Homes in Scarborough where he was also chairman of the board of trustees.

Mr Pacey was appointed by Wilf and Phyllis Ward, the founders of the trust in April 1988 to oversee the development of the trust’s first respite service at Isabella Court in Pickering for people with learning and physical disabilities which opened in 1988.

The trust said in a statement that he captured the essence of what families of disabled dependant needed and ensured that those undertaking respite had a joyous, fulfilling and happy stay.

Under his stewardship the trust grew significantly over the years and on his retirement in 2006 the trust was operating more than 70 service bases across Yorkshire region with more than 1,000 staff.

“He will be missed by staff, service users and families for his inspirational leadership and dedication towards meeting the needs of many hundreds of disabled people,” a spokesman said.

Tributes have also been paid by friend and former employee Clare Krojzl, who said: “I liked him very much as a person and tremendously respected his integrity and warmth in caring for people with learning disabilities.

“He was a very uplifting person to be around and was very generous and kind.”

Fellow magistrate Pamela MacFie, bench chairman, also paid tribute. She has written to all Scarborough magistrates to inform them of the sad news.

She said: “A kind man, one could always rely on Richard to give a fair but firm assessment of any situation. This was always done with a twinkle in his eye and a ready smile.

“Richard was an outstanding colleague to us all and a friend to many of you on the bench.

“He will be sorely missed both in the magistracy and in the wider community.”

Funeral arrangements for Mr Pacey are still to be confirmed.