Tributes paid to ex-county council chairman

JEREMY Clover, a former chairman of Suffolk county council whose death was announced today, has been praised for his commitment and dedication to the community.

JEREMY Clover, a former chairman of Suffolk county council whose death was announced today, has been praised for his commitment and dedication to the community.

Mr Clover, who lived at Creeting St Peter and represented the Upper Gipping division on the council, was chairman of the authority in 2005-6 after the Conservatives won back control following 12 years in opposition.

Paying tribute, council leader Jeremy Pembroke described Mr Clover as “a very dear colleague who will be greatly missed by his family, friends, colleagues and constituents.”

Mr Pembroke said: “He served the people of Suffolk with distinction for many years and held a number of key positions. Jeremy was a hard working and dedicated chairman whose good humour and natural enthusiasm made him a popular figure wherever he went.”

First elected to the council in a 1982 by-election, he was a member of several council committees including the children, schools and young people's services scrutiny, health scrutiny, and pension fund Committee. He also served as a school governor and represented the council on a number of other external bodies.

He is survived by his wife, Isabel, and two children