WARM tributes have been paid to a well-known former mayor, clergyman and district councillor who has passed away peacefully.

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Tony Moore, who died at home, aged 78, was a much-respected figure in Sudbury where he was mayor in 1975 and 1983.

In later years he was also vicar at Aldeburgh and chaplain at nearby Snape.

Mr Moore was known as a senior member of the legal profession in Sudbury, having worked for 39 years at solicitors Steed and Steed. He also ran a number of successful shops in the town with his wife, Valerie, including the Deeks kitchenware store and Fantasia, a toy shop.

His eldest daughter, Nichola Layzell, said: “Father was very much a Sudbury man and was committed to whatever he did.

“When he did something, he did it thoroughly with motivation and enthusiasm, and would continue until it was completed.”

Other notable achievements for Mr Moore included travelling to the US to represent Sudbury in Sudbury Massachusetts during the American bicentenary celebrations.

He launched the Town Christmas Street Fair, was the founder secretary of Sudbury Round Table, president of the town’s chamber of commerce and the first chairman of the Friends of St Peter, set up to conserve the town centre church.

Church affairs had always been important to Mr Moore who, in 1988, aged 54, moved from the legal profession to train as a clergyman at Westcott House in Cambridge. Notable positions he held after completing his training included being vicar at Aldeburgh and chaplain at Snape.

Ms Layzell said: “Father was full of ideas, enthusiasm, conversation and love for all to the end. Having had his diagnosis of cancer four years ago, he had continued to lead a full and active life and ministry with the same vigour and vitality. It was only in the last few days that extra care was needed and given, as he wished at home.

“He died peacefully at home with his family on Friday evening.”

Mr Moore leaves behind his loving wife, Valerie, five children and 13 grandchildren, of whom he was “immensely proud”.

The family would be pleased for any donations to be made to St Nicholas Hospice in Bury St Edmunds in his remembrance.

A service of thanksgiving will be held at St Peter’s Church, Market Hill, Sudbury, on Sunday, February 10 at 3.30pm. All are welcome. He will be buried at a private family service.

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