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Scilly mourns loss of stalwart member of islands' council

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 15, 2013

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The Isles of Scilly Council has lost a valued senior member with the passing, at the age of 66, of Dudley Mumford.

The youngest son of the late Bill Mumford and Violet Douglas and from an old Scillonian family, he was the current vice-chairman of the authority its former chairman from 1999 to 2005.

During 24 years of public service he was a prominent councillor in both health and transport spheres, being particularly prominent in the protracted Route Partnership negotiations for better sea links which, however, failed at the last gasp.

He lived with his wife Janine at Luitreth on McFarland's Down, St Mary's.

Before the long-standing family butchery business of Woodcock and Mumford was sold, Dudley was, as was his father and grandfather before him, the lone purveyor of meat. The business was initially located in the market in the Town Hall building and then in purpose-built premises in Hugh Town.

His father, the late Bill Mumford, had been a council chairman before him, while his grandfather, Frank, held the position of vice-chairman to the hereditary Dorrien Smith chairmanship for 14 years and was often regarded as de facto chairman.

He served on a number of trusts, in particular the islands' Medical Centre Trust of which he was chairman. He was also a governor of the Five Islands School.

Council chairman Amanda Martin said she was "immensely sad" at Mr Mumford's passing.

"I have lost a very valued colleague and a tower of support," she said.

Former Cornwall Council memberGraeme Hicks, with whom Mr Mumford worked in relation to improved sea-going communications with Penzance, said: "He was a great man and his passing will be a very significant loss to the islands.

"I worked closely with Dudley to improve the maritime link. He was passionate about his work and a genuinely nice man."

He leaves a widow, two mainland based-daughters Lucienne and Danielle, five grand-children, an elder brother Colin and sister-in-law Ann.

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