By Harriet Ernstsons Thursday 24 October 2013 Updated: 25/10 07:53
COUNCILLORS fell silent to remember their former colleague and community stalwart.
Mayor Wanda King led the tributes to Tom Wareing, who passed away aged 86 having dedicated his life to work in the borough including stints on the borough and county councils, at a recent Redditch Borough Council meeting.
Proposing to have his contribution formally noted in the records, she said he was ‘well known locally’ and had attended meetings even after his time on the council. Members including Conservative leader Juliet Brunner spoke about their memories of Mr Wareing at the meeting attended by his wife of 66 years, Beryl, and one of his four sons, Paul, with many referencing the hundreds of letters he wrote to the press and talking about the service held at the Ecumenical Centre to celebrate his life which was attended by more than 200 people.
Coun Mike Chalk said: “Over the years I have agreed and disagreed with Tom but without exception Tom was consistent in his views. I personally will miss his letters in the press which were often offbeat and often controversial. In some respects they were the conscience of Redditch and always worth a moment’s thought.”
Coun Gay Hopkins said he had always been ‘very kind’ to her, supported her and given her good advice
“What Tom packed into his life was amazing, the amount of lives he touched and influenced was very many.”
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