Cllr Vikki Slade, Leader of BCP Council said: “It is with great sadness that I have learned of the death of Cllr Colin Bungey.
“At the time of writing we do not know the details or cause of death and we would ask that the privacy of his family is respected at this time. We will provide more information when we have it and, of course, invite his colleagues to share their memories of Colin who had served his community in Christchurch for close to 40 years as an elected member of various councils.
“This is incredibly sad news and I have sent my personal condolences to his wife Sue and his daughter Debbie via our colleagues in Christchurch who are in touch with them at this difficult time.”
Mayor of Christchurch, Cllr Lesley Dedman said: “We have a lost a wonderful, decent, honourable man and a great servant to Christchurch for many decades.
“With Colin it was first and last about public service, not politics. Our thoughts are with his family, especially his wife Sue who is the town’s deputy mayor.”
Graham Farrant, Chief Executive, said: “We would like to pass our sincere condolences on to Colin’s family and friends. All the officers who knew Colin had immense respect for him as a councillor and as a champion for his local community in Christchurch. He was a strong but fair Chairman of the Council’s Standards Committee and I am grateful that I got to know him during the first year of this new Council.”
Cllr Bungey, served on the former Christchurch Council for 36 years having been first elected in 1983 and served as Mayor. He was also made an Honorary Freeman of the Borough.
He was elected to BCP Council last year.
We ask that the privacy of Colin’s family is respected at this difficult time and they are given the space needed to grieve their loss.