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Tributes to outspoken former councillor Tom
10:10am Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
TRIBUTES have been paid to outspoken former councillor and Tory stalwart Tom Wareing.
Mr Wareing, 86, who passed away last Wednesday, has over the years been vocal about a number of issues and was a regular contributor to the Advertiser's letters page.
He moved to Redditch in 1956 and was first elected to Redditch Urban District Council in 1972 as a Labour councillor.
He served on Hereford and Worcester County Council from 1973-77, before joining the Tory party in 1976.
Since then Mr Wareing served on and off as a Redditch councillor and was elected to Worcestershire County Council in 1997.
He retired in 2008 after being diagnosed with prostate cancer but never stopped working tirelessly for the community.
The father of four, who celebrated 65 years of marriage last year with wife Beryl, worked with the Royal British Legion and the Salvation Army.
He was also a governor of a number of schools including Dingleside Middle School, Redditch College, now NEW College, and Bridley Moor High School.
Councillor Juliet Brunner, leader of the Conservative group in Redditch, said: "We shall all miss Tom.
“He was the embodiment of a true public servant.
“For those who needed help he always went the extra mile. His contributions to Redditch are well documented and our town is the richer for his service.”
David Thain, chair of the Redditch County Conservatives, said: “Tom was a conscientious and hardworking member of the Tory party for very many years.
“I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to him.There were many years of heard work he gave to the Conservative party.”
He is survived by his wife Beryl and sons David, Bob, Paul and Mark.
He also leaves behind 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A service to celebrate Mr Wareing’s life will take place at Redditch Ecumenical Centre, Evesham Walk, next Monday, September 30 at 12.15pm followed by committal at Redditch Crematorium.
The family have asked that instead of flowers people make a donation to The Royal British Legion or The Royal Engineers Association via Thomas Brothers Funeral Directors.
As a mark of respect for the former councillor the flag above Redditch Town Hall has been flying at half mast.
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