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Letter: I Will Miss My Kind, Thoughtful and Humorous Councillor Friend and Colleague

Published on: 6 Jun, 2020
Updated on: 6 Jun, 2020

Cllr Patrick Sheard

From Catherine Young

GGG borough councillor for Clandon & Horsley

In response to: Councillors Shocked By Unexpected Death of Patrick Sheard, Member for Send

It was such a terrible shock to learn of Patrick’s sudden death yesterday. I have only known him for a short time, but feel privileged to have worked alongside him as a GGG borough councillor and to have sat beside him in the council chamber.

There are so many words to describe Patrick, but I will remember him as a kind, thoughtful and gentle man who had a quirky sense of humour that always made me smile. He was devoted to his family, sharing some great stories about his grandchildren who clearly meant the world to him.

Patrick was also determined to make a difference. From Day One as a Councillor he became involved in so many aspects of Council life, representing the Guildford Greenbelt Group on a number of Committees, and speaking up for Send frequently at the Planning Committee.

I feel like I have lost a very dear friend and consider myself lucky to have some very precious memories from the short time that I have known him that will keep me smiling for a long time. I will miss him terribly.

My heart goes out to his wife Christina and all his family and friends at this very sad time.”

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Responses to Letter: I Will Miss My Kind, Thoughtful and Humorous Councillor Friend and Colleague

  1. John Redpath Reply

    June 6, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    I am in a similar situation to Catherine Young, having only known Patrick for little more than a year since the elections in 2019.

    Like many of us, politics was not his raison d’etre, doing the best for the people he represented and others who would benefit from his help was the most important thing to him.

    He brought a truly human aspect to councillors lives and had wit and humour to boot.

    My thoughts go to his family and friends and I am sorry for their loss.

    John Redpath is a R4GV borough councillor for Holy Trinity.

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