TRIBUTES have been paid to Tadley borough councillor Rob Musson who died earlier this month.
Conservative councillor Mr Musson, who represented Tadley south on Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council died on September 7, aged 63.
Borough council leader, Clive Sanders, who is also the borough councillor for East Woodhay (Con), said that he was saddened to hear of Mr Musson’s death.
Mr Sanders said: “Rob was a very well-regarded councillor in the borough, not only dedicated to serving the Tadley South community he represented, but also devoting time to support other organisations in the borough.
“He was valued for his unique ability to view complex issues from different angles to see things that other people didn’t see and for his determination to stand up for what he thought was right, but most of all he was just a good person to have around who contributed so much.
“Our thoughts and best wishes go out to his family at this sad time.”
The chairman of Tadley Town Council, David Leeks, who was Mr Musson’s fellow borough councillor for Tadley South said: “Rob was a great councillor – he would often join a debate looking at it from a new angle, one that nobody had seen before.
“He was a trustee of the Allotments for the Labouring Poor charity and the Tadley & District Community Association.
“He was a very well-respected chairman and councillor.”
First elected to the borough council to represent Tadley South in 2007, in recent years, Mr Musson had been a member of three borough council committees – economic planning and housing, Manydown overview, and scrutiny and audit and accounts.
He was also the chairman of the borough council’s economic prosperity and performance committee.
Mr Musson was a managing director for the Japanese corporation, Eizo, a manufacturer of high-end computer displays.
Mr Musson was a school governor at the Hurst Community College and he was also chairman of the management committee for the neighbouring Hurst Leisure Centre, both situated in Brimpton Road, Baughurst.
A husband, father to four children and a grandfather to nine, he and his wife had also been foster carers for several years.
Mr Musson’s funeral was held at St Paul’s church, in The Green, Tadley, on Thursday (September 22) at 1.30pm, where donations were made to St Michael’s Hospice, Basingstoke.