Rest In Peace – “You Made a Great Contribution”

Today I learned that former PC Gary Matthews has passed away last night, after a difficult time in New Cross hospital. Many of my constituents will know Gary Matthews. He was a long time Officer here in Wednesfield. Born locally he was a well known figure on the Beat and delivering Community Policing.

Gary was born in November 1962 .

He joined the Police in 1981 which coincided with my own 1981 election to West Midlands County Council, which was at the time the Policing Authority.
Gary retired from the Police Force in 2011, having completed 30 years of public service in the West Midlands Police.

Gary was married to Elaine and leaves a son and daughter.

I am sure there will be many Ashmore Parkers and Wednesfield residents who will remember Gary, as a guy who always had a grin and a smile. I know I very much appreciated Gary’s humour, and his professionalism, he was a good Policeman and did much for Wednesfield North.He was the Community Policeman who made a great contribution to our neighbourhoods and wider community. Always popping into Clubs like the’Good Companions’ the Old Tenants and Residents Association meetings. He was a popular and recognisable figure on Ashmore Park.

Both Mary and I offer our deepest sympathy and condolences to Gary’s family and friends.

Rest in Peace – you made a great contribution to our community and the law and order in which we all want, and indeed need, to make happy contented lives.

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more