Tributes paid to Coningsby and Tattershall councillor Ray Curtis
TRIBUTES have been paid to a long-serving, dedicated councillor who was known to many as 'Mr Coningsby.'
Councillor Ray Curtis, who passed away on Sunday, was serving his 25th year as an East Lindsey District Councillor for the Coningsby and Tattersall ward.
He served as ELDC's chairman in 2005/06 and was a long-serving member of Coningsby Parish and later, Town Council.
Ray lived in Coningsby all of his life and was happy to work in farming and for the village he loved so much.
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He worked to serve the local people in Coningsby and to improve the facilities and services in the local area.
Martin Foster, Mayor of Coningsby, said: "He was a quiet, but passionate man in getting things done and described by some as 'Mr Coningsby'.
"If there was a cause to be fought for the local community then Ray was the man to approach to get the ball rolling.
"His devotion in carrying out these tasks was unswerving.
"During this time he became a much respected man in all areas of family and community life.
"He was the first person to react to other people's problems and issues in Coningsby, listening and caring enough to do something about it.
"He was aware of his surroundings and always in touch with what was happening or had happened in the local area. He was a humble man with a great heart who was proud to serve others."
Ray carried out many of these jobs without acclaim or recognition.
He worked hard during his time on the council to get the car park built in Coningsby and even just recently in trying to retain the free parking status that so many people have enjoyed in Coningsby in the past.
He also carried out many jobs on the recreational field and in the cemetery helping to bring them up to the very high standards that everyone sees today.
He was chairman and instigator of the local CCTV group helping to improve the safety and security of people and businesses in the main streets of the village; and involved in so many other local projects.
Mr Foster added: "He was a true pillar of the community and Coningsby would not be the community that it is today without it being touched by the life of Ray Curtis. A man who will be hard to replace in thought and deed by all those that had the pleasure and privilege to know and work with him."
Ray was a true family man, working hard with his wife Lorna in serving the people of Coningsby in so many ways and proud of his children Caroline and Stephen, and grandchildren Zara, Oscar and Lola.