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Death of man who worked for community

PUBLISHED: 10:42 29 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:56 03 March 2010

A MAN who worked tirelessly for the town of Hadleigh from the moment he moved there has died at the age of 73.

John Andrews, of Spooners Lane, was born in Ipswich but moved to the Hadleigh area when he started working for the old Cosford Rural District Council, where he became housing director.

A MAN who worked tirelessly for the town of Hadleigh from the moment he moved there has died at the age of 73.

John Andrews, of Spooners Lane, was born in Ipswich but moved to the Hadleigh area when he started working for the old Cosford Rural District Council, where he became housing director.

He and his wife Muriel lived for 10 years in the village of Whatfield, before moving into the market town itself in 1964.

Mrs Andrews said: "I think he fell in love with Hadleigh when he came to work here."

Mr Andrews transferred to a job with Hadleigh Urban District Council in 1965 and remained in local government after reorganisation in 1974, transferring to the then new Babergh District Council as chief housing officer.

He also served as a Hadleigh town councillor from 1965 until he became ill in 1999, and after his retirement from Babergh in 1979 he was the town's district councillor for more than 25 years.

He was a JP, a member of the town's cricket club, chairman of several local charities and president of the local St John Ambulance division, as well as being a founder member of the Hadleigh Rotary club.

Mr Andrews and his wife were also members of the Hadleigh Choral Society and the bowls club.

Mr Andrews leaves a widow, Muriel, one daughter, Clare, and granddaughter, Louise, 19.


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