Tributes to former Cheltenham Town Mayor Les Freeman
A CARING man with a twinkle in his eye and a story to tell.
Tributes have been paid to Les Freeman, a long-serving mayor, councillor and honorary alderman, who has passed away peacefully at the age of 92.
Mr Freeman died last Thursday in Cheltenham General Hospital.
He served Cheltenham as a Conservative councillor for 18 years and as the borough’s mayor between 1995 and 1996.
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Councillor Rob Garnham (C, Park), leader of the Conservative group on Cheltenham Borough Council, said Mr Freeman was a hard worker who loved to help people.
“I knew him very well when he was a councillor and his lovely wife Pat,” he said.
“He had a considerable length of service, but I know it was something that Les really enjoyed doing and he always gave 100 per cent, not just helping people in his ward, but also the ceremonial side of things like representing the council at Remembrance services and other occasions like that.
“His was the first mayoral ball that I went to before I was elected.
“He was a lovely chap who was conscientious with all of his case work.
“I remember him recounting numerous tales about life in the hospitality trade.
“He was a very entertaining man. He could have a real twinkle in his eye and make you laugh.”
Andrew North, chief executive of the borough council, said Mr Freeman, who wore a trademark handlebar moustache, will be “greatly missed” by everyone at the authority.
“Les was known in the council for being a perfect gentleman and was very involved with the community and doing voluntary work,” he said.
“He will be greatly missed by many at the council.”
Mr Freeman leaves behind his wife Pat, children Roger, Jenny and Nigel, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
His funeral will take place next Wednesday.