The former Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire and International Bomber Command Centre chairman Tony Worth has passed away following a brief battle with cancer.
Tony was the driving force behind the development of the centre on Canwick Hill in Lincoln which is being built to ensure that the story of Bomber Command can be preserved and told for future generations.
An International Bomber Command Centre spokesperson shared the sad news on Facebook on the morning of Friday, November 10.
The post read: “Tony had a passion for the county and spent much of his life serving the people and institutions based here.
“From working on various boards looking at protecting the area from flooding, to chairing the Cathedral Chapter, being a governor of the University of Lincoln to serving as County President of the Royal British Legion.
“He also served as the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire for nearly a decade having previously been the High Sheriff and Deputy Lieutenant which lead to him being awarded a personal honour from Her Majesty the Queen.
“He will be sorely missed by the many people whose lives he has touched.
“The team at the IBCC are more determined than ever to ensure that the project creates a lasting and fitting legacy and that Tony’s traits of determination, energy, passion and enthusiasm, sprinkled with great humour, live on in all they do.”
Tributes have already been posted on social media in response to the news.
This desperately sad. Tony Worth was an excellent Lord Lieutenant and a tireless supporter of all things RAF https://t.co/bR0YhltMOF
— Phil Hamlyn Williams (@PhilWriter) November 10, 2017
I'm truly sorry.
He was an absolute Gentleman and his legacy will be a testement to his vision for a fitting tribute to heros
— roger patterson (@cllrrpatterson) November 10, 2017
So sorry to hear this. Tony's passion and vision for the IBCC project was infectious.
— Barbara Stimpson (@BarbaraStimpson) November 10, 2017