Tributes paid to council stalwart
THE Isles of Scilly Council has lost a senior member with the death last week, at the age of 66, of Dudley Mumford.
From an old Scillonian family, he was the vice-chairman of the authority, its chairman from 1999 to 2005 and prominent in both the health and transport spheres, having served for more than 24 years.
He lived with his wife Janine at Luitreth, McFarland's Down, St Mary's.
Before the sale of the old-established family business of Woodcock and Mumford was sold he was, like his father and grandfather before him, the islands' butcher, initially located in the "Market" in the actual Town Hall building and latterly in purpose-built premises at Hugh Town.
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His father Bill had also been chairman of the council, from 1981-85, while his grandfather Frank held the position of vice-chairman to the hereditary Dorrien Smith chairmanship for 14 years (1938-52) and was often regarded as de facto chairman.
Mr Mumford served as the islands' representative on the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and a number of trusts, in particular the islands' Medical Centre Trust, which he chaired, the MacDonald Trust and the Pilot Widows' Trust. He was also a governor of the Five Islands School.
Council chairman Amanda Martin said she was "immensely sad" to learn of his death, adding: "I have lost a very valued colleague and a tower of support." Former Cornwall councillor Graeme Hicks, with whom Mr Mumford worked on plans to upgrade the ferry service from Penzance, called him "a great man and a very significant loss to the islands. I worked closely with Dudley to improve the maritime link. He was passionate about his work: a genuinely nice man."
The funeral was due to take place at St Mary's parish church today.
He is survived by Janine and also leaves two daughters, Lucienne and Danielle, who live on the mainland, five grandchildren, Tabitha, Edward, Romilly, Matteo and Raphael, his elder brother, retired hotelier Colin Mumford, and his sister-in-law Ann.