TRIBUTES have been paid to a “fine and outstanding” councillor who died suddenly on Friday (January 27).
Reg Green had been a Worthing borough Conservative councillor since 1995, representing Offington ward.
Nigel, Reg’s son, paid tribute to a “larger than life character with a strong conviction of beliefs and loving heart of gold”.
He said: “What Reginald Albert George Kenneth Green lacked in stature he made up in personality.”
Reg, 84, lived in Liverpool Gardens with his wife Doreen. The couple had three children, Nicola, Fiona and Nigel, and were due to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary in September.
Nigel said: “They moved to Worthing in 1994 and it was not long after that he started to become involved in local politics. He was so interested in people – nothing was too much trouble for him. He always tried to solve problems for anybody who requested his help.
“Serving as a councillor, so very many people in the Worthing area can truly say that he influenced their lives and showed much kindness and compassion to their situations.
“He was a very proud father, grandfather and great-grandfather and his family meant everything to him. He had just celebrated his 84th birthday when a stroke sadly took him away from us all. His grandchildren will always remember him as a legend.”
Reg was a member of the licensing and control committee, was vice chairman of governance and audit committee and was also on Worthing Homes’ board of directors.
Paul Yallop, leader of Worthing Council, said: “The news of Reg’s sudden illness came as a great shock – he was a good friend to me. He always spoke his mind and had a great sense of humour.”
Worthing mayor Ann Barlow said: “Reg was an amazing councillor who was caring and compassionate and always voiced residents’ concerns in council. He was a very dear man, with lots of energy, enthusiasm and a big heart.”
Reg’s funeral will take place tomorrow (Friday, February 3), not Thursday, February 2, as reported in today’s Worthing Herald, St Andrew’s Church, Church Road, Tarring.