Provost Coleman to be farewelled on Friday

The funeral of Falkirk Provost and Bonnybridge and Larbert Councillor Tom Coleman will take place on Friday 8 December at Falkirk Crematorium.

Provost Coleman who was 72, passed away at Forth Valley Royal Hospital on 30 November following a short illness.

First elected in May 1999, he served as an SNP Councillor continuously for 18 years, representing the constituents of Larbert and Bonnybridge.

He won each election he contested, increasing his majority every term and earned the respect of constituents from across the political spectrum.

He was appointed Convener of the Education and Leisure Committee in 2001 serving in the role until 2007. He was elected Provost of Falkirk in May this year and also held the post of portfolio holder for Economic Development.

He was the Chair of Stirlingshire Educational Trust and the Convenor of Torwood Castle Trust.

He also chaired the Common Good Funds of Bo’ness, Denny, Dunipace, Falkirk and Grangemouth and was instrumental in bringing the Mod to Falkirk in 2008.

It was his concern about the use of Private Finance Initiative (PFI) schemes to fund new schools, which rekindled Provost Coleman’s interest in local politics in the late 1990s.

He devised a not-for-profit alternative to PFI funding and oversaw the funding for four new schools

in Falkirk District using the not-for-profit distribution (NPD) model to deliver better value for Council residents.

The NPD superseded PFI in Scotland and has been developed to fund the building of schools, hospitals and transport infrastructure across the country.

He used his commercial and management experience to advise Falkirk Council’s Pension Committee on ethical and sustainable investing and contributed to key projects including, the Stenhousemuir Regeneration Project, improvements to transport infrastructure in Larbert and Bonnybridge and campaigned for a  railway station in Bonnybridge.

A firm believer in education, he was dedicated to improving teaching standards in Falkirk District and worked to raise the quality of and access to healthy school meals.

Provost Coleman was married to Irene and had three grown up children. Before entering politics his career was in the financial services sector.

He was a graduate in History from Stirling University and enjoyed many interests including classical music, drawing and painting, hill walking, travel and spending time with his grandchildren.

Provost Coleman’s funeral will take place on Friday 8 December at Falkirk Crematorium from 3:15 pm.

 

 

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