paid to former Burnham Mayor who has died this week
have been paid to a former Mayor of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
who has died this week.
Gill, right, passed away suddenly at his home in Burnham
on Monday, aged 86.
served as a Burnham councillor from 2003-2011 and was Mayor in
2005 and 2006.
was a well-known face about town, having been a strong supporter
of many local groups, including Burnham's Moose Lodge where he
was a former Governor.
Friend and colleague Cllr Neville Jones said last night: "Eric
was quite a character and was well known in the towns. I know
he was so proud to serve two terms as our Mayor and was humbled
to have been chosen."
"He stepped down as a councillor in 2011 due to poor health
but remained active through groups such as Burnham Moose Lodge
and the Royal British Legion. He was a very good friend and colleague
- the town has lost an active public servant."
Councillor Dennis Davey added: "Eric was a great colleague
who contributed a lot to our community as a town and district
councillor. He was a typical military man and was always a true
gentleman. He was a superb man."
The Mayor of Burnham and Highbridge, Cllr Martin Cox added: "Eric
Gill was twice Mayor of Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge and in
that time contributed widely to our two towns. His enthusiasm
and love of our area shone through everything he did and he always
had a ready smile that would light up the room. He will be greatly
missed but never forgotten."
of Eric's two daughters, Sarah, added: "I am very proud of
him - he was so happy and content here in Burnham. He was known
by many people as a true gentleman and will be greatly missed."
started his working life in the army, serving between 1946 and
1979, and quickly rose up the ranks. He served overseas in several
countries including Cyprus, Saigon and Germany. He became an officer
in 1959 and was later appointed a major with The Royal Corps of
Signals. After 33 years in the army, he worked as a civil servant
at the Army Security Vetting Unit.
Eric's funeral will be held on Tuesday, October 21st at Sedgemoor
Crematorium at 11.30am, followed by a luncheon at The Princess
Theatre in Burnham. His family have asked for no flowers, but
donations will be accepted for the Burnham and Highbridge Stroke
Association and BARB.
Eric heading to a polling station in 2007 when he was successfully
Eric at the 2005 Burnham and Highbridge Civic Service
Eric served as Moose Governor in 2010 and is seen here at a cheque
laying a wreath during Burnham's 2009 Remembrance Day parade