Unique service of love and laughter at St Dionysius for Councillor Pete Callis

Pete Callis
Pete Callis

A memorial service that started with Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way’ and finished with the Chas and Dave song ‘Rabbit’ gave a unique send-off to Harborough district councillor Pete Callis.

A packed St. Dionysius church heard his friend and fellow councillor Roger Dunton say in his eulogy: “You will be greatly missed by all, but never forgotten.

“Market Harborough will be a slightly less interesting place without you.

“We are all hugely proud of you and all that you have achieved; we love you and will miss you always.”

Mr Callis died on October 2 at his home in Market Harborough. He was 76.

He had represented the Logan ward in Market Harborough since 1991. He had previously been a councillor between 1979 and 1983.

He was also a former chairman of Harborough District Council, and a former county councillor.

The Rev Richard Brand, who led the service last Wednesday, described Mr Callis as “a Harborough man who loved this town well and served this town faithfully”.

The congregation heard that Mr Callis, who set up his own business as a carpet fitter, found that projects took “significantly longer if the client was at home”.

“As we all now appreciate, dad liked to chat!” said his family in the eulogy.

The congregation was also reminded that Mr Callis helped to establish Harborough Town Juniors football club and was a fully qualified football referee, as well as a political activist and Liberal Democrat.

The service was followed by refreshments at The Council Chambers.