Tributes have poured in after the sudden death of Peter Legg, a prominent town businessman and chairman of Dorchester Business Improvement District (BID).
Mr Legg was elected chairman of the BID last year, and helped guide the scheme, which aims to help improve trade in the town centre, to a successful second term in June.
Peter was born in Weymouth to a Dorset family and worked at Arthur Savage Insurance in Dorchester for more than 40 years.
He moved to the town 38 years ago when he married Alison, a Dorchester girl. He qualified as an insurance broker in 1976 and since then had devoted his talents to both local and national clients.
BID director Phil Gordon described Mr Legg as “one of Dorchester’s finest”. “Peter was Dorset through and through and one of the most dedicated, honest, hard working and straightforward people I have ever met – it was a privilege to have worked with him,” he said.
“He cared so much about Dorchester, its people and its businesses that when given the opportunity to get involved and lead the BID, he did so with characteristic flare, verve and enthusiasm, wanting only to do what would be best for the town.
“He was highly regarded and respected in Dorchester among the business community and many of the people he met also became good friends for life.
“All of us involved with the BID in Dorchester feel his loss greatly. I will miss his friendship, his wise words (and his special brand of humour), but we are all determined to make sure that we continue to improve and develop our support to the town’s business and make him prouder still of what the BID achieves in the future.
Town Crier Alistair Chisholm, who helped set up the BID, said he was “very, very saddened” by Mr Legg’s death. He said Mr Legg had been instrumental in turning the BID around when he took over as chairman.
“It would be lovely if his inheritance were that the changes he knew needed to happen could happen – that would be his finest legacy,” he said.