The leaders of both St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Suffolk County Council have paid tribute to former Haverhill mayor, Cllr Tim Marks, who died suddenly yesterday (Monday) of a suspected heart attack.
Cllr Marks, who was 78, was part of a group of councillors and officers conducting a site visit to a property in Bury St Edmunds for St Edmundsbury Council’s development control committee when he collapsed.
Despite the best efforts of one of the councillors - who gave CPR for about ten minutes - and the paramedics that arrived at the scene, Cllr Marks, who served as the mayor of Haverhill from 2004 to 2006, could not be revived.
Cllr John Griffiths, leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council said: “I am extremely sad to hear of the sudden death of Cllr Tim Marks.
“Tim was a man of so many talents and a true gentleman who was much liked and respected by members, officers and staff alike.
“He will be very fondly remembered and much missed by us all.
“Amongst Tim’s many achievements at St Edmundsbury he was always a leading, dedicated and influential figure, particularly in Haverhill (including the town centre masterplan), and was chairman of ONE Haverhill’s public forum.
“He also served as Mayor of St Edmundsbury during 2012/13 – the year in which we welcomed the Rwandan Olympic Team who set up their training camp in Bury - and cheered on the Olympic torch as it was carried through both Haverhill and Bury St Edmunds and, of course, the year in which we celebrated the Queen’s Jubilee.
“As well as serving as ward councillor for Haverhill North, Tim also represented Haverhill Cangle on Suffolk County Council, and served numerous other roles including on the former Suffolk Police Authority, as Secretary of Haverhill in Bloom, and as a Governor of Samuel Ward Academy.
“Tim was vice-chairman of our Development Control Committee and was also a member of both our Overview and Scrutiny Committee and the West Suffolk Joint Growth Steering Group.
“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with his widow Cllr Margaret Marks and family.”
Colin Noble, the leader of Suffolk County Council said: “It is with deep regret and shock that I announce the sudden death of Councillor Tim Marks.
“As a well-respected man, Tim had a warm and friendly relationship with council members, officers and the communities he served so well. He will be remembered and missed by everyone.
“Tim was elected member of Suffolk County Council for Haverhill Cangle in May 2005.
“After standing down in 2013, he returned in May 2015 as a popular choice following a local By-election. Tim always served his constituents and the wider Suffolk community with enthusiasm and dedication.
“Alongside his divisional responsibilities, Tim served on a range of committees including Health Scrutiny and the Clare Country Park Joint Advisory Committee.
“Tim will be remembered for his year as Mayor of St Edmundsbury in 2012/13, when the Rwandan Olympic Team were welcomed to Bury as a training camp before the Olympics.
“My thoughts and deepest sympathies are with his widow Cllr Margaret Marks and the family at this difficult time.
“Today is a very sad day I’m sure you agree. I understand details regarding funeral arrangements will be released by Tim’s family in due course.”