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FOREST OF DEAN LIBERAL DEMOCRATS

 

Tom Wilcox

 

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 Lydney.

 

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 Mayor.

 

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 achievements.

 

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!