Sam Robinson - Ward Member for Bideford East
2015 - 2018
It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of one of our Town Councillors, Sam Robinson.
Sam was a kind and honourable gentleman who always had time and a smile for everyone. He was enthusiastic in his work and was a respected champion for his ward members in Bideford East.
Whilst Sam had been a Bideford Town Councillor for just 3 years, we had spent a long time working with him in his capacity as a County Councillor where he faithfully updated us on his work and the results he had achieved in Devon County Council on our behalf.
Sam will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his family. The following tributes have been sent through
Councillor Dermot McGeough – Mayor of Bideford - Goodbye dear friend. May god bless you as you did us with your time here on this earth. You will be sadly missed but always remembered by your fellow councillors and constituents.
Heather Blackburn – Town Clerk - I was greatly saddened to hear of the passing of Councillor Sam Robinson. He was a true gentleman, and always had time for everyone. In the Chamber, Sam would deliver his views in a softly spoken voice, but always with a sense of humour and a twinkle in his eye. He will be greatly missed and my condolences go out to his wife and family.
Councillor Doug Bushby – Deputy Mayor of Bideford - In the few years I have known Sam I was always impressed by his depth of knowledge and he was never afraid to voice his opinion on things that mattered to him . A true gentleman of the old-school way of working, he will be sorely missed at Town Council meetings.
Councillor Simon Inch – Ward member for Bideford South – I was sad to hear of Sam’s passing, he was a true gentleman and a caring Councillor. He did so much for the community; he was Chieftain to the Tarka Pipe Band and past Chieftain to the Bideford Youth Pipe Band. He enjoyed pipe music and always supported the Massed Bands event. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. My condolences go to his wife and family at this time.
Councillor Phil Pester – Ward member for Bideford North - I remember Sam from 2007, we both joined T.D.C. at the same time. He was always a gentleman and spoke passionately about any subject, albeit sometimes at length. I will always remember our outings to the allotments and Sam wearing the same jacket to ward off the weather! Rest in peace dear friend.
Councillor Joe Day – Ward member for Bideford South - Councillor Robinson was always courteous and spoke softly yet with strong belief when expressing his views in meetings. He served enthusiastically on the Renewable Energy Committee alongside myself from 2015 and shall be missed by us all.
Councillor Jamie McKenzie – Ward member for Bideford East – Condolences to all Sam’s family and friends. A fine gentleman gone too soon.
Councillor David Howell – Ward Member Bideford South (Outer) – We are very saddened, our condolences to Eithene and all of Sam’s family. He was a councillor whose motivation was solely to represent the people of his ward. He will be very much missed.
Councillor Mrs Ruth Craigie – Ward Member Bideford East - I'm shocked to hear this news. Sam was such a kind and friendly person. He was the first councillor to speak to me when I joined the Council. East -the-Water is indebted to him for his many years of working for residents. My condolences are with his wife and family at this very sad time.
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