Seaton councillor’s sudden death shocks community
Last updated at 15:09, Friday, 20 September 2013
The widow of popular Seaton councillor Trevor Fee, who died suddenly this week, will say farewell to her soulmate at the church where they married more than 30 years ago.
Mr Fee’s funeral will be held at St Michael’s Church, Workington, next Friday.
Mr Fee, 57, who was asthmatic, died suddenly on Monday following a chest infection.
His wife Adelaide, 56, of Lingbeck Park, said: “He was my soulmate and best friend. Never a wrong word came out of his mouth. He was our rock.
“From leaving school he has always served the public in some way.”
She said that although he worked hard for the people of Seaton, his family always came first.
He represented his village on the parish, Allerdale and county councils.
Mr Fee was a founder member of Seaton First Responders, a member of the safety group and served on the village hall committee.
He was also well known as a driving instructor.
His death has shocked the community he served, and a flag will fly at half mast outside Allerdale council’s headquarters in Workington until his funeral as a mark of respect.
Mr Fee’s family said that he preferred to work quietly in the background rather than seek recognition.
They have been inundated with hundreds of condolence cards.
Son Matthew, 21, said: “It’s good to hear everyone’s nice words about him. It showed that what he worked for paid off.
“He liked trying to make other people’s lives easier and was always a community man.”
The Rev Ian Grainger, vicar of Camerton, Seaton and West Seaton, will conduct the funeral service.
He said: “He was one of the best friends you could ever have. He was a gentleman.
“He was straight-talking and his concerns were always for the people.
“Our friendship – although it was already there – came to the forefront after the 2009 floods when we worked closely together.
“Nothing was ever too much for him and his death leaves a massive hole in the community.”
Councillors across the political divide have praised Mr Fee as a man and politician.
Celia Tibble, 57, of Greengate, who served alongside Mr Fee on Seaton Parish Council and Allerdale council, said: “Trevor was very community minded and did a lot for the people of Seaton. He was very supportive of the carnival and all village events.”
Alan Smith, leader of Allerdale council, said: “He will be remembered by colleagues here as a true gentleman and a much valued member of the community.”
Driving instructor Ian Bell, 53, of Lingbeck Park, Seaton, who also worked alongside Mr Fee in the first responders, said: “I have never ever heard him say a wrong word about anybody. He was very placid, a gentleman, and more thoughtful about others than himself.”
Seaton stalwart Clifford Hodgson, 83, of Ling Road, Seaton, who proposed Mr Fee to succeed him as chairman of Seaton Parish Council, said: “He was a great pal and I thought a lot of him.”
Mr Fee was elected to represent Seaton on Allerdale council in 2003. He had been a county councillor since 2005 and chairman of Seaton council since 2009.
He was leader of the Independent group on Allerdale council and served on the council’s overview and scrutiny committees.
Mr Fee’s funeral will take place at 1.30pm and he will be buried in Salterbeck cemetery.
First published at 14:49, Friday, 20 September 2013
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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