TRIBUTES have been paid to an “impossible to replace” councillor who has died after a long battle with cancer.
Long-serving South Holland district and Long Sutton parish councillor Dennis Tennant died in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The 76-year-old, of Market Street, Long Sutton, had been suffering bowel cancer.
Leader of the district council’s opposition Coun Angela Newton said she was deeply saddened to hear of Mr Tennant’s death.
She said: “It is going to be impossible to replace him. He had been on the district council for more than ten years and even though he had been really poorly he had still been going out with his litter-picking stick and still doing work in the churchyard in Long Sutton.
“I am dreadfully sorry because it is going to be impossible to find someone else to do what he has done for Long Sutton and he will be really sadly missed.
“Nothing was ever too much trouble and he went about everything in such a quiet way. He never sought any glory for what he did.”
And John Clarey, chairman of Long Sutton Parish Council, said: “Coun Tennant was on the council for more than 25 years and he has done a lot of good.
“He has always been a very busy and able person in the village who will be missed by very many people.
“I believe he had lived here for most of his life, definitely his married life and has spent the past 25 years serving the community.
“He has been a dedicated servant to the district and has helped a lot of people.”
Deputy leader of South Holland District Council, Nick Worth, described Coun Tennant as “Mr Long Sutton” and said he was “always approachable and did an awful lot for the community”, while council leader Gary Porter said: “Dennis will be missed by us and by the people of Long Sutton.
“He was a really good ward councillor and much admired by all who met him.”
Mr Tennant leaves behind his wife Jean, son Andrew and daughter Shirley Watson.