Earlsfield Councillor Adrian Knowles passes away

Published: Tuesday 24th February 15

Tributes are being paid to Earlsfield ward councillor Adrian Knowles who has passed away.

Cllr Knowles had battled with cancer and died yesterday. He was 58-years-old. 

Cllr Adrian Knowles

He was first elected to serve on Wandsworth Council in May 2006 when he stood successfully as a Conservative candidate in Roehampton ward.

In May 2010 he was again returned to the town hall by voters in the ward, which had been renamed Roehampton and Putney Heath following boundary changes.

In last May’s local elections, he stood in Earlsfield ward and was again elected to represent residents and businesses in that part of the borough.

Prior to his serving the people of Wandsworth between 2006 and 2015, he had been a councillor on Harrow Council for eight years.

In 2012 he was elected Mayor of the borough and in his mayoral year raised £40,000 for his two chosen charities, the Royal Marsden Hospital and Oak Lodge School in Balham which educates children who are deaf or have a serious hearing impairment. As the son of parents who were both profoundly deaf this was a worthy cause close to his heart.

He qualified as a maths teacher and later moved into industry first as an IT trainer and, then a training consultant. His fluency in British Sign Language led him to spend around ten years as an official Metropolitan Police and HM Courts interpreter before his retirement.

As well as being Mayor he served on many different council committees, most notably as deputy chairman of the licensing committee and of the adult care & health scrutiny committee. He also served on the housing, children and young people’s services, planning and transport and the planning applications committees.

Paying tribute, Cllr leader Ravi Govindia said: “Adrian was a thoroughly admired colleague whose qualities always shone out. He was a dedicated public servant who always did his best for those he represented and although his final months were marred by illness, he always remained cheerful and was a great inspiration to those around him. His loss will be hugely felt by all those who were lucky enough to have known him.”

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We will greatly miss Adrian as one of our most important supporter. Here is a tribute to Adrian who helped us launch the project Home, my Place in the World. In the video he talks about his heritage, and the importance and migration history in Wandsworth. http://youtu.be/XxwDWF6T8gc
Accademia Apulia UK

9 March 2015

All at Share Community deeply saddened to hear of Adrian's death. He was a warm and lively person, and worked with tremendous and infectious energy during his mayoral year. Condolences to Chris from all of us.
Annie McDowall

26 February 2015

Christine and I would like to add our tribute to the work Adrian did as a Councillor in Roehampton. He was always very supportive of the work we were undertaking as the Urban Missioner for the Methodist Church based at Minstead Gardens. He often attended the community events we organised including the Home-Alone Christmas Day Dinners. Taking time out to come on Christmas Day was much appreciated. I served with him on various committees and panels and always found that he had the community at the heart of all he did. We were very sorry when that period of service came to an end. We offer our condolences to all his family.
Rev Keith & Mrs Christine Rowbottom

25 February 2015

Cllr Adrian Knowles was an inspiration and encouraged me to pursue learning BSL without his kind words and go for it attitude I would never of started the course - I have passed level 1 and am now on the way to completing level 2. Cllr Knowles will be remembered by myself and the Deaf Community as a kind and caring man with dynamic energy wanting the best for the Deaf Community.
Karen Scott

25 February 2015

This is very sad news. Adrian was a man with a fascinating and inspiring life story, and a courageous person, particularly in facing his last earthly battle. He gave good service to Wandsworth as Mayor and loved representing his community as a Councillor. It was a privilege to have been one of his colleagues on the Council. Sincere condolences to his family, especially Chris.
P Beddows

24 February 2015

I am greatly saddened to hear this news. Adrian was a whole hearted and supportive colleague when we served as councillors together from 2006 to 2010, and he will be greatly missed. My condolences to his family.
David Walden

24 February 2015

Shocking News for me... Adrian, was an amazing friend and cherished colleague. My only regret will always remain that I have not seen him for few years. What a hard working and genuinely caring about his constituents. May you Rest In Peace my friend, you gave me pleasure for knowing you. My thoughts goes to dearest Chris.... May God be with you my friend. Susan John-Richards Ex-Tooting Councillor
Susan John-Richards

24 February 2015