Tributes have been paid to long-serving Cotswold District and Gloucestershire County councillor Ray Theodoulou, who has died aged 83.

Mr Theodoulou, a Conservative, had served on Gloucestershire County Council from 2009 to 2021 and last year became an honorary alderman.

He was first elected to Cotswold District Council in 2003 and served until his death last week - a total of four terms in office and just under 20 years representing the Coln Valley Ward.

“Ray was involved in a lot of activity during his time as a district councillor,” said a Cotswold District Council spokesperson.

“Most recently he was a member of both the Council’s audit and overview and scrutiny committees along with taking part in a number of working groups.

“This included a recent working group looking at how the Council could best support residents with the rising cost of living where he worked with colleagues to look at the Council’s response to the current crisis.”

Councillor Tony Berry, leader of the Conservative group, said: “Ray was the best kind of Councillor.

"He didn't need to work, having held a senior role in a quoted bank, but wanted to give something back and make a difference.

"He did just this, tirelessly helping his Parish Councils and their residents as well as fulfilling his County role.  

“His knowledge, experience and dedication enabled him to do a good job. On top of this, he was easy to get on with and a kind man. He will be missed."

Lib-Dem Councillor Joe Harris, Leader of the Council, said: “Many local people knew Ray, he was a lovely person and I always used to enjoy our discussions despite our political differences.

“He was on the Council when I first joined in 2011 and I know that he will be missed by colleagues at the Council, his constituents in the Coln Valley Ward and of course his family and friends.

“On behalf of the Council I would like to pass on our sympathies to Ray’s family and loved ones.”