Christopher Shale, the Chairman of the West Oxfordshire Conservative Association, passed away on the last weekend of June 2011 while attending Glastonbury Festival.
The 56-year-old Witney constituency in which he worked issued a statement calling him “loyal” and “hardworking”.
The constituency MP for the area, who is also the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron said on Sunday 26th June 2011:
“Sam and I were devastated to hear the news about Christopher. He was a great friend and has been a huge support over the last decade in west Oxfordshire. A big rock in my life has suddenly been rolled away.
“Christopher was one of the most truly generous people I’ve ever met – he was always giving to others, his time, his help, his enthusiasm and above all his love of life. It was in that spirit that he made a massive contribution to the Conservative Party both locally and nationally.
“Our love and prayers are with Nikki and the family. They’ve lost an amazing dad, west Oxfordshire has lost a big and wonderful man and like so many others, Sam and I have lost a close and valued friend.”
Mr Shale was educated at Eton College. He was married to Nikki Shale and had three children.
Avon and Somerset Police initially investigated the circumstances of Mr Shale’s death but concluded that there was nothing suspicious enough to warrant further enquiries. The coroner’s inquest will take place at Wells Town Hall at 14:30 BST on Monday 27th June 2011. The Oxfordshire party worker was a senior figure in the ruling UK political party.