Death of Chris Tratt: town council statement

PUBLISHED: 14:28 07 November 2008 | UPDATED: 22:35 15 June 2010

It was with great sadness that we heard of the death of Cllr Chris Tratt on Friday, November 7, at a time when he was recovering from heart surgery.

It was with great sadness that we heard of the death of Cllr Chris Tratt on Friday, November 7, at a time when he was recovering from heart surgery.A councillor at Honiton Town Council since 2003 and at East Devon District Council since 2007, Christ Tratt was a Honiton man born and bred and was immensely proud to have been elected the Mayor of the town he loved.The town will deeply miss a man who dedicated himself to the service of Honiton and the local community.Deputy Mayor Cllr Vivienne Ash said: " Working alongside Chris I appreciated that his priorities came from his roots in the community, having lived in Honiton all his life. He worked tirelessly for the town, his aim was always to make it a better place for its residents.On a personal basis, he was a man of the utmost integrity and a real friend. He will be missed by so many people and will be irreplaceable."Chair of Policy and former mayor Cllr Vernon Whitlock said: "I have known Chris for over 30 years. When I first came to Honiton as a police officer he was a special constable and we shared many duties together. When he retired from the Specials I played some part in persuading him to join the Town Council. He was Deputy Mayor and supported me for two years and when I stood down I was honoured to support him as Town Mayor and Leader of the Council. He was a good man, dedicated to his family who had the needs of Honiton and its people at the front of everything he did. I will miss him personally as I know will the many in the town who both knew him and respected him as a man dedicated to the service of the community." Town Clerk Lyn Hargood added: "As the new Clerk to the Council I feel honoured that the Mayor I have worked with through this year has been Chris Tratt. He was always supportive and helpful as the Leader of the Council and I came to regard him as a friend. He will be truly missed.


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