By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 27 September 2013 Updated: 30/09 15:57
A DEDICATED community man who had hundreds of letters published in the Standard has passed away.
Former county and borough councillor Clarence Thomas Wareing - known as Tom - moved to Redditch in 1956 and was heavily involved in organisations including the Salvation Army, the Midlands branch of the National Viewers and Listeners Association, the Astwood Bank branch of the Royal British Legion, the West Mercia Police Authority and the NHS Task Force.
The 86-year-old served a total of 13 years in three separate terms on the borough council between 1971 and 1995 and was a county councillor between 1973 and 1977 and 1997 and 2005, the second time representing the Redditch Crabbs Cross ward.
He was chairman of governors at Dingleside Middle School and was also a governor at Redditch College - now NEW College - and Bridley Moor High School.
Mr Wareing, who passed away on Wednesday, September 18, celebrated 65 years of marriage last year with wife Beryl, and also leaves behind four sons - David, Robert, Paul and Mark - 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He married Beryl while on leave from Palestine where he served with the Corps of Royal Engineers and was awarded a commendation for finding a secret room containing a cache of arms.
While serving in Kenya, he contracted malaria which led to him being discharged from the army and returning to his former career as a bricklayer before lecturing in building crafts and supervisory studies at the Bromsgrove College of Further Education.
During the early 60s he began writing letters to the local newspapers, adopting the name Hadrian before reverting to C.T or Tom Wareing. The letters were pasted into scrapbooks now held in the county archive.
His family said: “After nearly 20 years living in what had been planned as their retirement home in Winyates Green, Tom and Beryl moved to Plymouth Close in Headless Cross, where letters to the editor started to dry up as Tom engaged in his last battle with prostate cancer.
“A minor stroke diminished his voice which alongside his pen had been deployed so effectively as a soldier, instructor, lecturer, trainer, advisor, politician, advocate, campaigner and champion of standards in public and family life.
“Tom Wareing was promoted to glory very peacefully at home on Wednesday, September 18. He died ‘full of years’ and is survived by Beryl his wife of 66 years, his four sons, beloved daughters-in-law, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren for whom he particularly delighted in.”
Tributes to Tom -
Coun Juliet Brunner, leader of the Conservative group in Redditch: “Tom’s passing is a great loss to Redditch, he was devoted to the community.
“Even after his retirement from public life he still kept his finger on the pulse writing letters to the paper and phoning us. He was truly a great public servant, Redditch has been the richer for it.”
David Thain, chair of the Redditch County Conservatives: “Tom was a fighter all his life for causes he believed in.
“He continued right up to the end to contribute to the community and his town. He will be sadly missed.”
Coun Bill Hartnett, leader of Redditch Borough Council: “I’ve known Tom for over 30 years. He was of course known throughout the town as a prolific letter writer in the paper and he also had a small book published.
“He was one of Redditch’s characters from a previous generation including Albert Wharrad, Walter Stranz and the Passinghams. Tom was in that era of long-serving councillors of the borough.”
Karen Lumley MP: “I’ve known Tom ever since I first came to Redditch 13 years ago. Tom was a stalwart of the community who dedicated his life to his family and public service. My thoughts are with Tom’s wife Beryl and family at this sad time.”
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