Friends gather to celebrate community volunteer’s life and plant trees in his memory.
FRIENDS have gathered to celebrate the life of Ilfracombe’s popular community champion Tim Cox.
More than 50 people turned out for the event at Cow Green Community Gardens, where two Cox apple trees were planted in Tim’s memory.
A tireless supporter of green issues and sustainable energy, Tim helped found numerous environmental initiatives and groups across North Devon after he moved to Ilfracombe in 2001.
The 75-year-old lost his battle with terminal cancer at the end of August, but remained upbeat and carried on with his voluntary work almost until the very end.
The celebration event at Cow Green was organised by local town Councillor Frank Pearson and other friends. Local drummers Humdrumcondundrum played Tim’s favourite Rumba as the trees were planted and later closed the memorial with Samba Reggae.
Mr Pearson unveiled a plaque, positioned between the two apple trees, inscribed: Tim Cox 1938-2013 Loved, and Tirelessly Worked For, Ilfracombe, Its People, Our Planet.
“It was good for many of Tim’s friends to come together to celebrate his life, his voluntary work in Ilfracombe and North Devon,” said Mr Pearson.
“Naturally the trees chosen to plant were Cox’s, we hope the fruits from which will be enjoyed by many in the years to come. Good man, good friend, tireless worker for community and planet, we will miss him.”
Ilfracombe county, district and town Councillor Mike Edmunds summed up the event: “A lovely gesture for a lovely man.”
Rosemary Haworth-Booth of the North Devon Green Party, added: “Tim was, and still is, an example to us all. He had a conscience about what we need to make lives to come worthwhile, and got things done. Community projects, especially in energy production, are the future and Tim was one of those rare beings who led the way, but he also showed that living the green life could be creative and fun.”