Tributes to Holsworthy councillor

TRIBUTES have been paid to Devon County Councillor Des Shadrick, who has died aged 67. Councillor Shadrick, who has been the County Council member for Holsworthy Rural since 1997, died on Saturday evening after a long-running battle with cancer. Having

TRIBUTES have been paid to Devon County Councillor Des Shadrick, who has died aged 67. Councillor Shadrick, who has been the County Council member for Holsworthy Rural since 1997, died on Saturday evening after a long-running battle with cancer.Having lived and worked in Holsworthy all his life, he proudly served as County Council chairman from 2005 - 2007. He also formerly held a number of other key positions with the County Council including Chairman of the Farms Estate Committee, and Executive Member for Community Planning. He was also formerly Chairman of the Ruby Country Initiative steering group and remained actively involved in the project, and was a senior South West Forest board member.Councillor Shadrick became a member of Holsworthy Hamlets Parish Council in 1986 and had also been a Torridge District Councillor since 1991. He was also still serving on a number of County Council committees, as Vice Chairman of the Audit Committee, Vice Chairman of the Investment and Pension Fund Committee and was a member of the Public Rights of Way Committee, and the Environment, Economy and Culture Overview Scrutiny Committee, as well as the Devon and Somerset Fire Authority.Devon County Council Leader Brian Greenslade said: "Des was outstanding and because of his oratory skills the Council Chamber would fill and go quiet when he spoke. He was also an exceptional constituency member who delivered a great deal for the Holsworthy Rural area. "For two years he was our Chairman and "flew the flag for Devon" with great distinction. He will be very greatly missed by very many. Our thoughts and prayers are very much with Marjorie and family at this time."Devon County Council Chairman John Rawlinson said: "Des will be much missed by all. He was a compassionate man always ready to support the underdog. He had of course a great knowledge of and natural affinity with the farming community, but he was passionate about increasing the prosperity of all Devonians, and was constantly thinking of ways to attract business into the County. He realised at an early stage the importance of tourism for jobs, and actively promoted projects such as the Ruby Trail. "His other passion was education and he worked unstintingly to improve education not only in the Holsworthy area, but throughout the whole of North Devon, recognising how important it was to raise educational standards in the area, if we were to increase its prosperity."He was a delightful companion, full of yarns, always ready to listen to your ideas, comment on their validity and relevance. He always tried to make politics relevant and understandable for everyone."Councillor Shadrick's family has farmed in the area for more than 130 years. He was a fan of Holsworthy AFC and a founding member of Holsworthy Amateur Theatre Society (HATS)


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