Tributes have been paid to a ‘true character’ and lifelong champion of Exmouth who has died at the age of 89 following a short illness.
David Scott was East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) longest-serving member when he stood down in 1999 and was later made an Honorary Alderman of the authority.
He was known as the ‘Father of the Council’ – having first been elected onto it in 1974 – and had continued to work within the community.
Mr Scott was a strong advocate for housing and was a tenant volunteer in Exmouth.
He was chairman of Exmouth’s town committee from 1981 to 1984 and of the authority’s housing committee for several years.
EDDC chairman Councillor Stuart Hughes has led the many tributes to Mr Scott and said: “Having known David for many years as a colleague on the district council, as well as his involvement with the World of Country Life, he is going to be sadly missed.
“David was a great chairman of housing and also had the gift of putting a smile on your face.
“He regularly entered old vehicles from World of Country Life in local carnivals and nothing was too much trouble for him.”
Mr Scott also served on many other committees including planning and policy.
Cllr Andrew Moulding, EDDC’s Conservative Group leader, added: “When I first became a district councillor 33 years ago, David Scott was an excellent chairman of the housing committee, which he loved.
“David was a true character, with a twinkle in his eye and a raft of humorous comments, borne from his Liverpudlian roots.
“We kept in contact, particularly when he moved to Lyme Regis, just a few miles from my home near Axminster.
“During my spell as chairman, attending events in Exmouth, Honorary Alderman David Scott was often in attendance – and was tremendous company. David will be sadly missed.”
Peter Sullivan, vice-chairman of EDDC’s Housing Review Board, added: “Having known David for many years as a councillor and a member of tenant participation, who always fought his corner in his own inimitable way, it is with personal sadness of hearing of his passing. No doubt he will carry on upstairs telling them how to communicate with action as he always did.
“We shall miss David at our meetings and we send our thoughts and condolences to his family.”
Alderman Graham Liverton, a former chairman of EDDC, said: “David was forthright in his thinking, gained respect from his colleagues on the district council and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He served Exmouth well and had a great love for the town.”
Exmouth county councillor Christine Channon added: “Scottie was a real character. He really cared for people and as a consequence was an excellent choice for the chairman of housing.
“He worked hard for Exmouth even after retiring as a councillor. He also had a great sense of humour which could add a good sense of levity to even the most difficult of situations. We don’t often see his like.”