Four-time mayor Jim Smith MBE has died (erstellt am 10.11.2016 von The Crawley Observer )
The flags in front of the Town Hall are being flown at half-mast following the death of
time town mayor Jim Smith MBE. Jim, 89, who was an Honorary Freeman and Alderman and served
as a Crawley councillor for 39 years, died at home yesterday (November 9).
He was the only person to have served as mayor four times, and represented Langley Green
22 years as well as serving as a councillor in Ifield and Gossops Green, before retiring in
2010. Jim served on most committees on Crawley Borough Council and was Chair of Recreation
and Leisure when The Hawth was built - one of his proudest achievements.
He was also a West Sussex county councillor from 1997 until 2009, Best Replica Watches the
first chair of Crawley Town
Twinning Association (CTTA) from 1973 to 1998, President of CTTA from 1998 and President of
Crawley Arts Council from 1995 to 2005. Jim served as a Magistrate on the Crawley Bench
1976 to 1997 and was also a trustee of the Courage-Dyer Recreational Trust.
He was made an Honorary Freeman and Alderman of the Borough of Crawley in 2012 and a Member
of the British Empire in January 2016 in recognition of his public service and the high
esteem in which he was held by the people of the town.
He was diagnosed with dementia in 2009 but continued to live a full life, dedicating
to showing other people with dementia that you can live a full life. Jim leaves wife Brenda
a Crawley Borough councillor and two-time Mayor of Crawley - four adult children, seven
grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Brenda was the primary carer for Jim and is the town’s Dementia Ambassador. The role
dementia services and champions the cause of the dementia-friendly community in Crawley.
Brenda said: “Seven years ago Jim was diagnosed with dementia and was very public about
having it. “Life goes on and you can live well with dementia and he epitomised that. He
carried on living his life; just last week we visited his family in Cornwall. “Being
diagnosed with dementia is devastating but Jim is proof that it does not have to be and
you can live a full life with dementia.
A minute’s silence will be observed at the next Full Council meeting and a book of
will be available in the Town Hall reception area soon.
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