Tributes for former councillor Roger Pendleton

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Tributes have been paid to ‘an extremely kind and helpful’ former councillor who has died aged 88.

Roger Pendleton, who lived in West Row for most of his life, served on Mildenhall Parish, Forest Heath District and Suffolk County Councils.

As well as playing an active part on the West Row Village Hall Committee and the Playing Fields Association, he was a governor at West Row Primary School.

His son Colin, 60, of Bury, said: “He had quite a strong personality and was very outgoing. He was helpful and extremely kind to people - if anyone asked him to do anything or for help he would.”

Orphaned at a young age, Mr Pendleton was brought up by his aunt and uncle in West Row and joined the navy serving in the landing craft until the end of World War Two.

He worked as a bus driver before becoming a builder and then a master painter and decorator until he retired.

Mr Pendleton was chairman of Forest Heath District Council, played football for Beck Row and West Row and was a life member of Mildenhall Cricket Club.

His wife Marjorie passed away 18 months ago and he leaves his other son Allan, 66, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

His funeral will be held at West Suffolk Crematorium on Friday May 3 at 2.15pm.