RIP Patrick Short

Former Cumbrian Lib Dem councillor and education advisor to the party, Patrick Short, died on Monday in the tragic school bus accident in Keswick which claimed the lives of two teenage children.

The BBC reports:

Tributes were also paid to the car driver killed in the crash – Patrick Short, from Braithwaite. His wife Wendy described him as a “generous, principled man”.

“He loved me and the family and was committed to his work with Barnardo’s. As a parish councillor, chairman of Cumbria Rural Choirs and a former church warden, he was dedicated to the local community,” she said.

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg also paid tribute to Patrick:

Patrick was dedicated to his community. He’ll be greatly missed.”

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2 Comments

  • juliet sternberg 5th Jun '10 - 3:49am

    I remember Patrick and Wendy fondly from my youth in North Herts, where Patrick was a full fledged activist and I was just a young’un learning the ropes of the then Liberal Party with out by-elections and up all nighters all over the country. I recall his anger at me and the rest of the Young Liberals vote for nuclear disarmament at the conference in, when? 1983 or so? He was so passionate for all things Liberal and democratic and, as he thought them to be, right. I’ve been living in the USA for over 20 years but still remember him and Wendy and that time fondly.
    Sad that Patrick will be remembered by the general public more for an accident that killed teens than for all the good he did.
    Condolences to Wendy, and greetings to all old Lib Dem compatriots from way back when.

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