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FOREST OF DEAN LIBERAL DEMOCRATS
14th December 1918 - 4th August 2014
Tom Wilcox died at home on 4th August. He leaves behind his daughter Trisha.
Tom Wilcox became involved with politics and local government soon after moving to
He joined the local Liberal Party and was an active member, taking various roles
over the years. He was passionate about liberal values and was a regular contributor
to the letters pages of local newspapers.
Tom was a local councillor for almost 30 years, representing the people of Lydney
and later Alvington and Aylburton.
When Lydney Parish Council became a Town Council, Tom became Lydney's first elected
Tom was a District Councillor on the old Lydney Rural District Council and later
on the Forest of Dean District Council.
He was a valued member of the planning committee, known for his knowledge, his intelligence
and his integrity. He was always fair and would listen to both sides.
Tom was passionate about the environment and represented the Council on the Wye
Valley AONB, chairing the Committee for many years.
In 1981, an amendment to the Forestry Act put the Forest of Dean at risk of being
sold off. Tom decided he had to take action and so he enlisted the aid of Liberal
peer, Lord McNair. They took the fight to the House of Lords, the legislation was
amended and the Dean was saved. Tom always considered this to be one of his greatest
In later years, Tom continued to play an active role in the Liberal Democrats and
was President of the Forest of Dean Lib Dems until his death.
Tom had a wealth of experience and was respected by allies and opponents alike. He
was well known as a man of integrity, forthright speech and action, a good listener
and a tenacious fighter for just causes. He will be missed!