Tributes paid to former Mayor of Stowmarket

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Tributes have been paid to a hugely respected former district councillor who twice served as Mayor of Stowmarket.

Ron Pattle, 92, who served as mayor from 1975 to 1976 and 1985-86, died of a stroke on September 14.

Mr Pattle served as a councillor on the Stowmarket Urban District Council, which would later become Mid Suffolk District Council, and had served as President of the Stowmarket Society.

His son Jon said: “He loved the town and wanted to get involved with anything to improve it.

“His proudest achievement was managing to help get Stowmarket swimming pool built.

“He was also involved with the Museum of East Anglian Life, from when it opened, and was President of the Stowmarket Society.

“His working life was as a primary school teacher at Combs Ford, Redgrave and Ringshall - he quite often met older pupils around the town.

“He was always an optimist and always ready with a joke.

“He had an endless supply of jokes.”

Deputy Town Mayor Gerard Brewster, who was taught by Mr Pattle at primary School, said Ron had a great love of the town he served.

He said: “It was a great pleasure and privilege to serve with Ron in the later days of the old Urban District Council and the early days of the Town Council.

“As a 10-year-old I had been taught by Ron in primary school and so it was a twist of fate that Ron and I eventually served together as colleagues on the Town Council.

“Ron was a great character and had a great love for Stowmarket. He was very sincere in the views he had for the town and will be greatly missed.”

Chairman of the Stowmarket Society, Mike Smith, said: “He was at the heart of so many things in community life.

“He had a great sense of humour and a great twinkle in his eye.

“Even people who didn’t agree with his political views got on well with him because he because he repected people’s different opinons.”

Stowmarket Town Clerk David Blackburn said: ““He was a hugely respected individual who always had the interests of the local community at heart.”