Tributes paid following sudden death of Cumbrian councillor
Last updated at 18:57, Tuesday, 17 September 2013
Tributes have poured in for a respected councillor who played a leading role in setting up a life-saving first responder team for his community.
Trevor Fee’s death at the age of 57 has caused widespread shock and sadness.
Workington’s civic flag at Allerdale House was today flying at half mast in a show of respect for Mr Fee, who died on Monday.
A long-serving local politician, the married father of two was the independent representative for Seaton on Cumbria County Council, but also sat on both Seaton and Allerdale councils.
Tributes have been paid by councillors from across the political spectrum, and from all levels and parties.
Councillor Alan Smith, leader of Allerdale council, on which Mr Fee had been a member for 10 years, said: “Trevor was a deeply respected councillor and friend to many, many people.
“He will be remembered by his colleagues here at the council as a true gentleman and a much-valued member of the community.
“Our thoughts are with Trevor’s wife Adelaide, their two children and the rest of his family at this sad time.”
Councillor David Wilson, who served with Mr Fee on the Independent Group on Allerdale council, added: “Trevor was known not only as a dedicated councillor but also a volunteer with Seaton First Responders, which he helped to set up."
An Allerdale council spokeswoman said the council’s civic flag will remain at half mast until after Mr Fee’s funeral.
Councillor Stewart Young, leader of the county council and Labour group, said: “Trevor was a well-liked councillor who proudly represented Seaton for the last eight years. He worked tirelessly for his community and was very well known locally.
“Everyone connected with the council will want to send their sympathies to his family and friends.”
Councillor Jo Stephenson, the county council’s deputy leader and leader of the Liberal Democrat group, echoed those sentiments, adding: “Trevor was committed to getting the best for people in Seaton and a real champion for the area.”
Tributes were also paid by the leader of the Conservative group, Councillor James Airey, who described Mr Fee as a “warm and generous man who quietly and effectively got on with the job of serving his community”.
Fellow Independent councillor Mary Robinson added: “He was such a lovely man and a dedicated councillor who was committed to making a difference for his residents. He will be sadly missed by his family and will leave a terrible gap in their lives and the community he served.”
Mr Fee had been elected member for Seaton on Allerdale council since 2003, a county councillor since 2005 and had been chairman of Seaton council since 2009.
He was leader of the Independent Group on Allerdale council and served on the overview and scrutiny committees. He was also a member of the audit committee and served on the licensing panel and other task groups.
In 2004, he and fellow first responders in Seaton were honoured for their achievement in setting up the life-saving group.
As team leader, Mr Fee accepted the Community First Response Team of the Year award on behalf of the Seaton and district first responders, who went live in May 2002.
He later campaigned to ensure that homes in the area were adequately numbered so that they could be easily found by emergency service crews. As well as serving as a councillor and Seaton first responder, Mr Fee ran his own driving school.
First published at 17:44, Tuesday, 17 September 2013
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Knew Trevor since I was a kid, and learnt to drive with him. He was a gentleman of the highest order, and put everyone first. Will be sorely missed. Thoughts to his family. RIP Trevor
Really saddened by news of trevor death.Didnt personally know Trevor but knew wife and children.My heart goes out to you all.
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