Long-serving Bury St Edmunds councillor Terry Buckle has stepped down from his role due to health reasons.
The 77-year-old has represented the Moreton Hall ward on St Edmundsbury Borough Council for 13 years.
Mr Buckle said: “I’m sad to have to stand down but it would have been wrong for me to carry on for obvious reasons - I can’t put my full self into it.
“I thoroughly enjoyed being a councillor all of the time I was doing it.
“It’s something that a younger person in my opinion needs to be doing now because there’s a lot of work involved.”
Mr Buckle was chairman of the Moreton Hall Community Association for more than 20 years and, before he became a councillor, fought for 10 years to get the estate’s community centre.
The facility, in Symonds Road, opened in 2000.
He was the Mayor of St Edmundsbury from 2013 to 2014 and was a member of one of the first groups of prison visitors who monitored the welfare of prisoners at police stations in West Suffolk.
Mr Buckle also served on the crime prevention panel as well as the borough’s development control and licensing committees.
Following health issues, he had been granted dispensation from attending council meetings in recent months which would have continued until December but he chose to stand down.
Mr Buckle, who was area supervisor for the county’s school transport system, will still be kept busy as he and his wife Pam are foster parents.
They have fostered 60 children in the last 30 years.
A by-election for the ward will be held within 35 days of a request being made to St Edmundsbury’s returning officer by two electors.