Geoffrey Jaggard, a former mayor of Newmarket and one of its most respected town and district councillors, died yesterday at the age of 75 after a short battle with cancer.
Among the first to pay tribute to one of the founding fathers of the town council was current mayor, Cllr Rachel Hood,
who said: “Cllr Jaggard was a very well respected and popular member of our community and for many years worked tirelessly at the town council on behalf of our residents and his ward members. His integrity and wisdom will be greatly missed by his fellow councillors.”
Born and brought up in Exning, Cllr Jaggard worked as civil servant. His only son Tom said: “Dad retired at early 54 but he spent the rest of his life working hard for the community both as a councillor, a school governor and for the parish of All Saints. He was a very humble man, never seeking the limelight. His swansong was being mayor. He really enjoyed that year and was very proud to have been able to serve his full term.”
Fellow ward councillor Robin Millar said: “I worked with him for over 15 years and learned much from his gentle but firm manner. As a governor of All Saints primary school and a reader at All Saints Church, he was known and loved by many within the town. As a councillor, he was a good servant to the district and Newmarket.”
Funeral details have yet to be announced.