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HONITON: Tributes paid to long serving town councillor Liz Tirard
Friday, 24 January 2014
Tributes have been paid to long-serving Honiton town councillor Liz Tirard who died peacefully at home last week after a struggle with cancer.
Councillors praised her ‘respectful’ manner and ‘dedicated’ service to the town over a number of years.
Mrs Tirard’s son Jasper announced the news on Tuesday, January 14th. He said: “It is with a heavy heart I let you know that my mum, Liz, passed away peacefully at home yesterday.
“She fought an extremely aggressive cancer with the heart and passion many in Honiton have known and loved her for. My thanks to all those who have already expressed their sorrow and offered their support. The family will be updating with news of arrangements later.”
Messages of condolence were posted on Mr Tirard’s Facebook page following the announcement.
Mrs Tirard first served on the town council between 2003 and 2008, before running for election again in May 2011. She continued to serve the council until resigning for personal reasons in November last year.
A statement from the town council said: “Honiton Town Council was very sad to learn of the death of former member Liz Tirard and would like to pay tribute to the contribution Liz made to the work of the town council over the years.
“Liz was a dedicated member of a number of committees and working groups, and was a strong supporter of the Beehive Community Complex project.
“From May 2011 Liz also served as chairman of the planning committee and undertook the role with great enthusiasm and professionalism, steering the committee through consideration of some contentious planning applications.
“The town council wishes to record its grateful thanks for the years of service and contribution made to the community by Liz Tirard who will be much missed.”
Councillor Vernon Whitlock, who worked closely with Mrs Tirard on a number of projects, said: “She served her town well as a councillor and her enthusiasm for everything she got involved with was infectious. She was involved in the early work at Roundball Wood, and as chairman of the planning committee her openness, honesty and willingness to involve others were key to ensuring the success of the process.
“It was however her unwavering support of the Beehive project that I am personally most grateful for. Her encouragement kept us all going when times were tough and her straight talking helped to keep us on track.”
Councillor Vivienne Ash said: “I had the utmost respect for her as a councillor. She was always able to put together a really strong argument in any debate and always conducted herself in a dignified and respectful way – she never brought personal issues into a debate.
“As a person she was a dear friend who I will miss a lot. She served the town so well.”
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