01 JUN 2015

Greg's tribute to Mike Rusbridge

Mike Rusbridge was a wonderful man, an outstanding community leader and a good friend who will be sorely missed.

Mike devoted himself to serving the community in so many aspects of his life. The Rusbridge Family Bakery is a Southborough institution. Mike's dedication over many years to serving the community as councillor, his enthusiastic support for the clubs, societies, associations and residents that form our community, and his warm, engaging personality and sense of fun made Mike himself no less of an institution.

Mike served with distinction and flair as Mayor of Southborough and Mayor of the Borough of Tunbridge Wells, and most recently as Cabinet Member for Finance – applying a lifetime's business experience and keen intelligence to keeping Tunbridge Wells' finances run soundly.

Mike and his wife Chris had a vintage year as Mayor and Mayoress of Tunbridge Wells which they ended by throwing a big party for 100 citizens aged from one to one hundred – one from each year. It brilliantly reflected Mike's generosity of spirit, originality and pride in representing the whole of our community.

Mike was a great ambassador for the Conservative Party in Southborough and Tunbridge Wells – a personal example of what a difference public service can make to our community.

Mike's devotion to the community was returned in the admiration and respect that he was held in across the town. My thoughts are with Chris and the rest of the family at such a sad time.

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