Tribute to ‘lovely man’ who died suddenly
Grassington, March 9, 2015.
The chairman of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority today paid tribute to Member John Roberts, who died suddenly at the weekend at the age of 70.
Mr Roberts who lived in Kettlewell and was a widower with three grown up children, joined the National Park Authority in 2008 as a Craven District Council appointee.
Authority chairman Peter Charlesworth described him as “a lovely man and a gentleman” and he added: “It was with huge shock and sadness that I received the news of his death. He was a much valued member of the Authority and made an immense contribution to our work not least on the planning committee.
“He loved his involvement with the National Park and was a very popular member who was invariably listened to with great respect.
“I know of no-one who had a bad word to say about him, and the experience he brought to us was invaluable.
“I know I speak for everyone in the National Park Authority – Members and staff – when I say that he will be greatly missed and his memory will be cherished.
“Our thoughts and sympathy go out to his family and friends, of whom there are many.”
After 20 years in the Royal Navy, Mr Roberts bought the post office in Kettlewell and later the Spar shop in Grassington.
He was elected to Craven District Council as the councillor for Upper Wharfedale in May 2008.