Aldeburgh: Tributes paid to former mayor

TRIBUTES have been paid to a much-loved character who worked tirelessly to support his community.

James “Jimmy” Robinson’s sudden death on Wednesday has been met with sadness in Aldeburgh, where he filled countless voluntary roles throughout his life.

The town council flew its flag at half-mast as a symbol of respect for the former mayor, who also served on the Britten-Pears liaison group and the Aldeburgh Community and Sports Trust.

Mr Robinson, who died aged 56, was a sales director and part owner of Fuller-Davies printers and gave up much of his spare time for the community, as commodore and vice-president of Aldeburgh Yacht Club, as deputy launching authority at Aldeburgh lifeboat and as an unstinting supporter of local rugby.

Colleagues at Ipswich-based Fuller-Davies said: “He is best known as a great salesman with a very laid back manner. His style was to build long-lasting relationships and every one of James’ customers are also his friends. He had a very rare quality and wonderful nature where we can honestly say that there is not a single person who had a bad word to say against him.

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“We at Fuller-Davies will miss his skills as a salesman, director and as a friend. His kindness and generosity and his fun-loving nature has made working with him a pleasure. He will leave a big hole.”

Friends at Aldeburgh Yacht Club said: “Jimmy was at the very heart of our club. Not only did he sail here as a teenager and throughout his life but, typically for Jimmy, he was generous in giving his time and enthusiasm to all elements of the club.

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“As a commodore and as vice-president he encouraged sailors to the water and was central to most social functions. He will be deeply missed by the entire club.”

Mr Robinson was mayor of Aldeburgh from May 2008 to May 2009. One of his other many roles had been organising the Christmas lights.

Naomi Tarry, of Aldeburgh Business Association, said: “We are all deeply saddened about Jimmy. He was a well- known and much-loved character in our seaside town, who gave freely of his time to support Aldeburgh’s many community groups.”

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