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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Tributes to dedicated councillor Cam

TRIBUTES have been paid to Cam Ross – a dedicated and passionate councillor – who has died at the age of 76.

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Cam Ross

Mr Ross, who represented the Distington and Moresby area with distinction for many years, died at his Kirkland home on January 22. He leaves wife Mary, daughters Alison and Ailsa, and four grandchildren.

Mr Ross was tireless in his work for the people he represented, says friend and colleague Brian Dixon, and he was instrumental in bringing about a number of road improvements in his patch.

“He was committed to having the new A595 bypass built, and it was a real victory when that was finally built in 2009,” said Mr Dixon.

“He also campaigned for many years to have the speed limit lowered to 40mph on the Distington crematorium road, again achieving a positive result when this was introduced last year. He also worked hard to secure funding for the new footbridge that joins Parton and Lowca.

“These are pieces of work that Cam was heavily involved in that people in this area will benefit from for years to come.

“Cam was a fine, upstanding man who was very committed to his family and the people he represented.

“I – and the people who he served – am extremely saddened at his death. He was an all-round good man and will be a real loss to the community.”

A Labour man, Mr Ross was elected to represent the Distington and Moresby area on Cumbria County Council in 2001, and served three terms.

A highly active councillor, he was a serving member on the Lake District National Park Authority, a county council representative on the North West Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NW IFCA), a member of Adult Scrutiny Advisory Board, the Environment and Economy Scrutiny Advisory Board and the Safer and Stronger Scrutiny Advisory Board. He was also a Distington parish councillor.

A minute’s silence was observed at last week’s meeting of Cumbria County Council’s local committee for Copeland.

Its chair, Frank Morgan, said: “Cam was an excellent councillor for his community, and his is a sad loss for the committee, the community and to the people he represented.”

Coun Morgan’s sentiments were echoed by others in the county council.

Stewart Young, deputy leader of the county council and leader of the Labour group, said: “Cam will be a great loss to the Labour group. His knowledge and experience was greatly valued, and his wise counsel will be sadly missed.

“Distington has lost a highly respected representative and our thoughts are with his family at their time of loss.”

Eddie Martin, leader of Cumbria County Council, added: “Cam was a gentle man and a committed councillor who put the interest of his community high on his priority list.

“I had a very high regard for him, and he will be missed by all members of the county council. My thoughts and condolences go out to his wife, Mary, and their family.”

A service was held at Distington Hall on Tuesday. Donations can be made in Mr Ross’ memory to Hospice at Home, c/o F Irving & Son Funeral Directors, 153 Main Street, Frizington, CA28 5SB.

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