Tributes are being paid to Richmondshire District Council’s Chairman who died suddenly today.
A dedicated community ambassador, John Robinson devoted much of his life to helping others, particularly in his home town of Richmond, where he lived since 1975.
Robinson’s career in the Fire Service spanned 32 years, with the majority of that time based at Richmond Fire Station until his retirement 11 years ago.
He worked tirelessly for the community he represented. In 2003 he was elected to Richmond Town Council, serving as Mayor for the 2007/8 Civic Year. The District Council Elections in 2007 saw Robinson elected for Richmond Central Ward, going on to serve as Chairman of several Committees and then as Council Chairman this Civic Year.
Robinson was also actively involved in local voluntary and charitable groups, including Richmond Duck Club, Richmond Rotary Club, as well as being a Fellmonger and Trustee for The Thompson Charity.
His nominated charities as Chairman are Richmondshire Community Voluntary Action, St Mary’s Church Bell Fund and St Teresa’s Hospice.
Close friend and fellow Richmond Central Ward Councillor, Clive World, paid tribute to his colleague: “John was a dedicated family man. To carry out his excellent work as Councillor, he needed the support of his family, which he always had in abundance. John was a decent, thorough and caring man and I have never heard a bad word said against him. It has been a privilege to work with him for the last nine years. John loved Richmond and was thoroughly enjoying his time as Chairman, which was tragically cut short.”
The flag at the District Council’s Mercury House headquarters will fly at half-mast until sunset on the day of the funeral.