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Town pays its tributes to stalwart
POIGNANT tributes have been paid to a highly-respected former mayor of Chipping Norton known for his passionate community work and wisdom.
Rob Evans, who moved to the area from Wales in 1973, died at home on Sunday morning after a year-long battle with oesophagal and stomach cancer.
The 64-year-old served on the town council from 1983 to 2011. During that time was mayor in 1995 and served as consort to mayor Gina Burrows in 2006 and 2007.
He also served on Oxfordshire County Council from 1997 to 2005 and was elected West Oxfordshire District councillor for Chipping Norton last May.
Only a few days before his death, he wrote a letter to the town council accepting their request for him to become an honorary citizen for his work in the community.
Town councillor Chris Butterworth said: “He was passionate for all things Chippy and was a great supporter at all levels.
“He was always fighting the cause for Chippy.”
Fellow town councillor Jo Graves, who knew Mr Evans for almost three decades, said: “I will just miss his wisdom and balanced view and total commitment. He gave such a lot to the town.”
Mr Evans, who lived in New Street for nearly 40 years,worked as a history teacher at Chipping Norton School in the 1970s and as a governor from 1998 to 2009.
Headteacher Simon Duffy said: “He was much loved, a very calm and intelligent man who was a wonderful servant both to Chipping Norton School and his town.
He will be missed.”
Chris Johnson, chairman of the Witney constituency Labour party, said Mr Evans had received a Labour Party Merit Award for his long service after being a member for nearly 40 years.
“Rob was just a lovely guy, a thoroughly decent person and respected by all his colleagues and by his opponents as well,” he said.
Mr Evans was also a lecturer at Banbury College and later taught history at the Open University.
He leaves a number of cousins in America and Wales.
No funeral arrangements had been made at the time The Journal went to press.
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