Tributes Follow Sudden Death Of Much Respected Islander

Dudley Mumford

Dudley Mumford

“Scilly has lost one of its greatest supporters, a kind and gentle man, with many friends on and off the islands.”

Those were the words of Council Chairman Amanda Martin following the shock announcement yesterday of the death of Vice Chair, Cllr Dudley Mumford.

Dudley, who was 66, passed away on Monday.

Fellow councillor and friend, Chris Thomas, says Dudley was an influence for the good and supported senior members to the limit, especially over the past three years during very troubled times.

Cllr Thomas says he never heard a bad word said about Dudley and all officers and council staff regarded him very highly.

Dudley was born into a family with local roots on both sides. Before retirement, he operated his own business, Woodcock and Mumford butchers, a career he started once he returned to the islands following his studies at Truro School.

Dudley had a strong sense of public duty, serving as Chairman of the authority for six years from 1999 and as Vice Chairman for two years.

He became well known amongst decision makers on the mainland and in government for his work in trying to secure the best outcomes for Scilly.

He pushed hard for improvements to the islands’ transport infrastructure, on the Route Partnership Project and more recently, on Council transport groups.

Dudley had been a governor of Carn Gwaval School for eight years.

His interests in ensuring that islanders received the best health care provision also brought service on Council health committees and he chaired the Isles of Scilly Health Centre Trustees.

Dudley was a proud family man and is survived by his wife Janine, whom he married in 1969. He leaves two daughters, Danielle and Lucienne, and grandchildren.

The Council has issued a statement offering their utmost sympathy. They say that his presence within the Council will be greatly missed.

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