Councillors have paid tribute to former deputy mayor of Bideford, David Fulford, who had a ‘great sense of humour’ and ‘cared passionately’ about the town.

A former councillor and deputy mayor of Bideford has died.

David Fulford was ward member for Bideford North from 2007-15 and was deputy mayor of the town in 2012 and 2013.

Last year he was also awarded the honourary position of Mayor of Shamwickshire.

It is understood David passed away on Sunday and leaves behind his wife Molly.

Bideford mayor Phil Pester with mayor of Shamwickshire David Fulford (right) in 2016. Picture: Graham HobbsBideford mayor Phil Pester with mayor of Shamwickshire David Fulford (right) in 2016. Picture: Graham Hobbs

His former colleagues on Torridge District Council have paid tribute to David and his community spirit.

Councillor Peter Christie provided this black and white photo of David in 1982 as a carnival marshall.

He said: "David was a kind and thoughtful man who, even when dealing with his own ill-health, always had a cheery hello for everyone."

David was also active as a board member and trustee for many organisations such as the Pollyfield Centre and Tarka Housing.

David Fulford seen here in 1982 serving as the Bideford Carnival Marshal. A moment in time capturing the community spirit that David showed to the end.David Fulford seen here in 1982 serving as the Bideford Carnival Marshal. A moment in time capturing the community spirit that David showed to the end.

Councillor Jane Whittaker, leader of Torridge District Council, said: "He was in every sense a local man; his commitment to the town he cared so much about was always unfaltering, uncompromising and unending."

Councillor Simon Inch, who was mayor when David was deputy, said: "He was very knowledgeable about Bideford as he spent his whole life living in the area and cared passionately about the town."

Council flags were flown at half-mast on Monday out of respect to David.