Cllr. Russell Harsant

Very sad funeral on Tuesday morning for my colleague on Suffolk County Council, Russell, who passed away after a short illness.

As is always the way at funerals you learn aspects of a person’s life you simply were not aware of, not least that Russell was 78 year old he always appeared much younger particularly in his outlook on life. Ben Gummer MP spoke with great eloquence about his friend and his words got me thinking about the first time I met Russell and his wife Liz long before I became a Councillor as I campaigned in Ipswich.

Russell was a committed campaigner and Councillor and I always recall his relaxed nature when out campaigning, he always had a sparkle in his eyes and enjoyed the banter out campaigning as much as I do. His commitment to Ipswich was unreserved and the turn out from across the political spectrum was very noticeable and was perhaps a mark of respect for a man whose committment to his town transcended politics.

When I became Portfolio Holder he would often come to talk to me about a resident whom he had concerns for and he was truly dedicated in the way he worked for those whom he represented.

Liz and Russell had politics in their blood and those he represented will miss his dedication.

But I am sure he is already getting involved in heaven taking up with the administration concerns of those on the clouds in his area.

About askcolinnoble
I'm a Conservative politician-lite, I dabble a bit in Party Politics with my main focus of working hard and being a strong voice for my community making sure local government delivers quality services and fellow residents get value for money for their hard earned money they pay in Council tax | Where this Gravatar appears and I am expressing my views or liking something I do so in a personal capacity and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Suffolk County Council, Forest Heath District Council, the Conservative Party or come to think of it anyone else | But having said the above at an election time and to stay legal, anything I write is promoted by Lance Stanbury on behalf of Colin Noble, both at West Suffolk Conservative Association, Park Farm Cottage, Fordham St. Genevieve, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk IP28 6TS

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