Colleagues and friends mourn loss of former Ilfracombe district and town councillor Colin Wright.

COLLEAGUES have been paying tribute to former Ilfracombe councillor Colin Wright following his death in June.

As both district and then a town councillor, Mr Wright had been involved with numerous initiatives on behalf of Ilfracombe, before ill health forced him to step down in September.

His funeral will be held at St Matthew’s Church in Lee, where he lived, on Monday at 1pm.

Born in South Devon, Mr Wright was elected to North Devon Council as the Conservative member for Ilfracombe West in May 2007. He lost his seat in the 2011 election, going on to serve as town councillor for a short time before resigning due to his health.

He told the Gazette at the time he was stepping down because he suffered from a progressive condition which required a great deal of time for hospital appointments.

For the past few months he and his German wife Biggi had been living at their home in Oxford.

Councillor Des Brailey, leader of the Conservative group on the district council said: “He had a passion for Ilfracombe and worked tirelessly on behalf of the residents, helping to make many changes in the area. He was a person who could always make a difference and will be sadly missed in the community and by family and friends.”

Council chief executive Mike Mansell added: “He will always be remembered for his formidable intellect and passionate advocacy for his community.”

While a councillor, he was a district executive committee member and at the forefront of many things in the town, including the annual spring clean. Fellow Conservative member Philip Webb said he had been one of the main driving forces behind the town council Strategy Plan, adopted as a blueprint to guide the town forward.

“When I was mayor in 2009 Colin was a great supporter and we worked very closely together. He was a man of great talent and a real gentleman,” he said.