TRIBUTES have been paid to a “sincere and much-loved” public figure who has died.
Ted Evans, a Flintshire councillor and three-time Mayor of Flint, died on Tuesday. He was 76.
The Flintshire Council and Flint Town Council member suffered from heart failure and Parkinson’s disease.
The Trelawny ward member, who was also a long-standing and active trade unionist, will be remembered for his commonsense approach to issues and his lively sense of humour, former colleagues said.
Cllr Evans was elected to Flintshire Council in 1995 when it was the shadow authority.
Subsequently, he was vice-chairman of a number of council committees including the finance and property committee between May 1998 and May 2000 and the lifelong learning overview and scrutiny committee between May 2002 and 2008.
Among his notable achievements, he was a key member of the pensions panel at Flintshire Council and was said to have made a significant contribution to education through his position on the board of governors at Deeside College. Colleagues have said Cllr Evans will be “sorely missed” both as a councillor and friend.
Cllr Evans was married for 52 years to wife Doreen and was father to Jaci, Jimmy and Francis, who was killed on active service in the first Gulf War.
Yesterday he was described by his family as a “caring, kind and generous family man”.
Tributes were led by his friend, fellow councillor and former work colleague Cllr Alex Aldridge, who served alongside Cllr Evans on Flintshire and Flint Town councils.
The pair first met during their time working for fibre manufacturer Courtaulds at Flint’s Deeside Mill.
Cllr Aldridge said: “Ted was one of the most gentle, kind, honest and sincere men I have ever met. I never heard him say a bad word about anyone.
“He was very special to everyone and much loved. We are all shell-shocked at his loss.
“Most of his life was committed to helping others and he was an amazing representative for people in the Trelawny ward.
“It is difficult to imagine life without him. He will leave a big hole in all our lives.” Cllr Evans, who was originally from Southport, died surrounded by his family at Holywell Community Hospital.
Flintshire Council leader Aaron Shotton, said: “Ted was an incredibly hard-working, dedicated and loyal member of the county council. He was a fantastic ambassador for the town of Flint.
“Local government has lost a most dignified, wise and committed public servant.
“My thoughts, and the thoughts of all those who worked with him, are with his family and friends at this very difficult time."
Chief executive Colin Everett said: “Cllr Evans, known simply as ‘Ted’ by everyone such was his approachability, was a popular and respected councillor.
“Ted epitomised everything that is good about local government – pride in his home town, pride in his county, dedication to his community role, and a willingness to help all those who asked for his help with humility and a common touch.
“Ted has set an example for those who will follow him in public service and will be sadly missed.”
Flint town councillor Terry Renshaw said Cllr Evans was affectionately known as ‘Ted the Union’ and said: “Ted would see good in everyone and that is the mark of the man. He was a lovely man and I am proud and privileged to have been his friend.”
Delyn MP David Hanson also joined the tributes.
He said: “Ted Evans was a fine servant for the people of Flint over many years.
“He was also a proud and long- serving member of the Labour Party and it was a proud moment for me to be with him when Ed Miliband, as Labour leader, presented Ted with his 50-year merit award. He was a good man who the town will miss.”
Delyn AM Sandy Mewies described Cllr Evans as “a lovely man who cherished his family”, as well as being “a fine representative and ambassador for Flint”.
Cllr Evans was a grandfather-of-six and a great-grandfather-of-six.
He was described in a message from his family as “very committed to public service”.
“He was a kind, generous, thoughtful and funny family man,” they said.
A minute’s silence was held in Cllr Evans’ memory by Flintshire councillors at County Hall yesterday.
His funeral will be held at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Flint at 12.30pm next Tuesday, incorporating a full Requiem Mass.