Paul Mills dies

Published: Sunday, 10 September 2017

A STALWART of the Shropshire Union Canal Society, Paul Mills has died. We will leave it to his friends to tell of his work for the waterways.

Brian Holmes tells us that Paul was Fundraising and Projects Officer with Shropshire Union Canal Society for 25 years.
He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2011.

Paul MillsHe was responsible for twice yearly lockwinds at Cholmondeston lock and instigated 78 ringed visitor mooring sites from Autherley Junction to Ellesmere Port, Middlewich to Barbridge, Hurleston Junction to Llangollen, Prees Arm and Montgomery Canal at Maesbury.

His enthusiasm infected many helpers who became geriatric navvies and his work continues with Small Task Team Volunteers who with the support of CaRT continue to enhance the canal environs in and around the Nantwich area.

Pain free at last after an arduous journey Our thoughts are with Irene Mills and the family. He will always be remembered. My mate.  (Brian's picture of Paul was in 2012 at a workparty at bridge 55, Goldstone Wharf.)

Richard Hall tells us that Paul was the driving force behind the many volunteer projects that have made the Shroppie such a delightful waterway for boat users, first with the Shropshire Union Canal Society and later with the STTV volunteer force. It was his work that eventually alerted Cart to the potential of volunteers to help maintain and enhance the canal system where it would otherwise be neglected.