Former police chief died having done all he wanted to do in life

Date: Friday 22nd February 2013
Barry Price
Barry Price

CUMBRIA’S former police Chief Constable, Barry Price, who formerly lived with his family in Maulds Meaburn, has died at Roundhay, Leeds, at the age of 79.

When a boy, Mr. Price moved to suburban London, where he met his future wife, Evelyne, at school. The couple courted from the age of 15 and were together from that time they would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this year.

On leaving school, Mr. Price did his national service in the RAF as a physical training instructor.

He was a keen sportsman and in the 1950s played football for Brentford Football Club and Wycombe Wanderers.

He started his career as a bobby on the beat when he joined the Metropolitan Police Force in 1954. He served in London for 21 years until appointed Assistant Chief Constable of Northumbria.

He joined Cumbria Constabulary as Chief Constable in March, 1980. He and Evelyne and their daughters Gaynor, Alison and Katie lived in Maulds Meaburn.

Mr. Price was a family man who enjoyed cooking, growing vegetables, reading classic fiction, playing his guitar and spending time with his wife and daughters. He joined in with community life and was a member of Appleby Rotary Club.

In 1983, Mr. Price, who was a holder of the Queen’s Police Medal, visited America to attend a study course organised by the FBI in Washington.

In December, 1987, after more than seven years at the head of Cumbria Constabulary, he went to the Home Office, where he worked as head of the national drugs intelligence unit.

Mr. Price received a CBE in the New Year honours list in 1991. Following his retirement in 1996, he and his wife retired to the Lot region of southern France. He was a keen golfer and continued to play the game in France, while also spending more time cooking, relaxing and enjoying red wine.

Mr. and Mrs. Price returned to live in Leeds, near their daughter, Alison, less than a year ago, and were settling down to life in Leeds. He was a grandfather and great-grandfather.

Alison said: “He recently told me that he was lucky enough to have done all that he had ever wanted to do in life. He had lots of friends and enjoyed a happy and peaceful life to the full.”

Donations, if desired, can be made to St. Gemma’s Hospice, Leeds. A celebration of Mr. Price’s life, with family and friends, will be held in London in April.