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Loughton councillor Colin Finn died on Saturday
Tributes have been paid to a popular community figure who died at the weekend.
Epping Forest District councillor Colin Finn, who represented Loughton Forest Ward, lost a long battle with illness on Saturday.
Cllr Finn was elected in 2010 as a representative of the Loughton Residents Association (LRA).
LRA group leader Ken Angold-Stephens said: “Colin loved Loughton and was dedicated to improving the Town and the lives of local residents.
“He was a tireless campaigner for the causes he strongly believed in and exuded a gregarious appetite for meeting and talking to people.
“Always cheerful and engaging he never complained about his health, being a strong believer in the British ‘stiff upper lip’ when it came to adversity.”
Mr Angold-Stephens added that despite his being unwell, councillor Finn served his community until his death.
“He even turned up as usual to the Loughton farmers market just 6 days before he died clearly in significant discomfort but wanting to show that it mattered to him to meet people and support his colleagues.
"He will be very much missed as a local ‘character’ and a dedicated councillor,” he said.
Council chairwoman Mary Sartin also praised Cllr Finn's contribution to public life.
She said: “I was saddened to hear of the death of Colin.
“Although aware that he had suffered from ill-health for some time it did not appear to stop him fulfilling his role as a councillor and representing his local electorate.
"I’m sure I can speak on behalf of the whole council when I say that our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”
Mr Finn had previously served as a Conservative county councillor for Loughton St Johns from 2001 to 2005 and for Loughton South from 2005 to 2009.
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