It is with much sadness that I have to report that Watford Conservatives have lost a true friend, the late Lord Tristan Garel-Jones. Tristan was Watford’s MP 1979-97, being made a Life Peer in 1997. During my two terms as Chairman of Watford Conservatives, Tristan was always there to offer support and helping hand, a really wonderful colleague and friend. Lord Garel-Jones died aged 79, on 23rd March 2020. Below is a quote from Lord Salisbury, Chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire, sometime Chairman of Watford Conservatives. ~ Linda Topping
“All of us who knew Tristan Garel-Jones will mourn his loss. He was a dedicated Member of Parliament for Watford, the Borough for which he retained throughout his life a deep affection. The citizens of Watford will remember how ably he represented them, in spite of the distractions of being a government minister, and I know well from my time as President of the Watford Conservative Association how many genuine friends he remained in touch with after his retirement. I have lost a much-valued colleague and loyal friend, as we all have. We send his wife and family our very best wishes at this sad time.” ~ The Most Honourable The Marquess of Salisbury.
“On behalf of Watford Conservative Association, I would like to extend deep sympathy to Lord Garel-Jones’ family, and great appreciation for his long and distinguished service to our town. As president, he brought stability to our association with a twinkle in his eye. We shall miss him greatly.” ~ Watford Conservative Association Chairman Matthew Cawthorne
“I am deeply saddened by the news of Tristan Garel-Jones' passing. He was a truly great man and a role model for any Member of Parliament – caring, passionate and immensely hardworking. He truly cared for Watford and even after all these years was still actively involved in our local association as president and as part of many other local organisations. My thoughts are with Tristan’s family at this difficult time.” ~ Incumbent Watford MP Dean Russell