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Obituary - Cam Ross, county councillor

Tributes have been paid to Cam Ross, a dedicated and passionate councillor who has died at the age of 76.

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Mr Ross, who represented the Distington and Moresby area for many years, died at his Kirkland home on January 22.

He leaves wife Mary, daughters Alison and Ailsa, and four grandchildren.

A Labour man, Mr Ross was elected to represent the Distington and Moresby area on Cumbria County Council in 2001, and served three terms.

Brian Dixon, a friend and colleague, said that Mr Ross was instrumental in bringing about a number of road improvements in the area.

“He was committed to having the new A595 bypass built and it was a real victory when that was finally built in 2009,” said Mr Dixon.

Mr Ross also worked hard to secure funding for a new footbridge that joins Parton and Lowca.

Mr Dixon added: “These are pieces of work that Cam was heavily involved in that people in this area will benefit from for years to come.

“Cam was a fine, upstanding man who was very committed to his family and the people he represented.

“He was an all round good man and will be a real loss to the community.”

A highly active councillor, he was a serving member on the Lake District National Park Authority, a county council representative on the North West Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority, a member of adult scrutiny advisory board, the environment and economy scrutiny advisory board and the safer and stronger scrutiny advisory board. He was also a Distington parish councillor.

A minute’s silence was observed at last week’s meeting of Cumbria County Council’s local committee for Copeland.

Chairman Frank Morgan said: “Cam was an excellent councillor for his community, and his is a sad loss for the committee, the community and the people he represented.”

Stewart Young, deputy leader of the county council and leader of the Labour group, said: “Cam will be a great loss to the Labour group. His knowledge and experience was greatly valued, and his wise counsel will be sadly missed.

“Distington has lost a highly respected representative and our thoughts are with his family at their time of loss.”

Eddie Martin, leader of Cumbria County Council, added: “Cam was a gentle man and a committed councillor who put the interest of his community high on his priority list.”

A service was held at Distington Hall on Tuesday. Donations can be made in Mr Ross’s memory to Hospice at Home, c/o F Irving & Son Funeral Directors, 153 Main Street, Frizington, CA28 5SB.

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