Tributes to former Bourne mayor with ‘a good heart’

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Tributes have been paid to a former mayor of Bourne who lost his battle with cancer this week.

A minute’s silence was held at the start of Bourne Town Council’s meeting on Tuesday (February 2) to remember Trevor Holmes, who died at home in Poplar Crescent on Saturday (January 30). He was 75.

Trevor Holmes.

Trevor Holmes.

Mr Holmes had a seat on the council from 1999 until the elections in May last year, when he opted not to stand.

He held the position of mayor of Bourne during 2003/04 and again in 2009/10.

He had previously also had a seat on South Kesteven District Council, representing the Bourne West ward, between 2004 and 2007.

He had served office with Bourne United Charities since 2007.

As well as being a familiar face in local government, Mr Holmes was also a loving family man.

He leaves wife Pam, daughters Anthea and Karen and granddaughters Kayleigh and Toni.

Describing her beloved grandfather, Toni said: “He had a fantastic character and he was always telling us little jokes.

“He loved technology. He was always trying to help people.

“It’s a huge loss for the family.”

Toni said the whole family had been touched by the support shown to them by friends and the wider community.

A statement released on behalf of Bourne Town Council said: “Trevor was a very colourful character and ensured that his feelings on matters close to his heart were clearly spelt out to his fellow council members.

“Trevor was only interested in ensuring that the residents of Bourne got the best deal that was available.

“He was a talented and deeply conscientious man with an honest and gentle spirit.

“He was an excellent local councillor who had a depth of knowledge and experience that will be sorely missed.”

The statement said Mr Holmes was so involved with local government that he became a member of the Lincolnshire Association of Local Councils, and served both as vice-chairman and chairman to ensure that he could help further the cause not only of his home town but also those covering the whole of Lincolnshire.

Among his passions was the Butterfield Centre where Mr Holmes was closely involved. He was a trustee for some time, before taking over the finances. He was also a member of the Friends of Butterfield.

The town council statement went on to say: “Everyone knew of his love of photography and were told on many occasions of his caravanning holidays with his much loved wife Pam.”

Chairman of trustees at the Butterfield Jane Kingman knew Mr Holmes well. He also worked alongside her when she was a councillor.

She said: “We were extremely sad to hear of Trevor’s death. I was great friends with him.

“He was a very excitable man and he was passionate about his roles as a town councillor, mayor and a district councillor.

“Although he wasn’t from Bourne, he was passionate about the town and he put a lot of time into everything he did.

“There were quite a few people he didn’t see eye-to-eye with and he wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea but he had a good heart.”

Jane said she saw Mr Holmes and his wife Pam, who is also unwell, a few weeks before he died and she added: “It was such a cheerful house. He was still having a laugh and getting on with things.”

Originally from Rotherham, Mr Holmes moved to Bourne with Pam in 1975 as part of his work as a sales represenative for Cadbury.

It was a series of heart attacks that led to Coun Holmes leaving his work with Cadbury and becoming more involved with the local community.

He started out as an advisor with the Citizens Advice Bureau before joining Bourne Town Council in 1999.

During his time with the council, Mr Holmes was involved with Bourne United Charities, the Elsea Park Community Trust, and a governor at the now Bourne Academy school until 2011.

Headteacher Laurence Reilly said: “Trevor was a long serving, supportive governor of the Robert Manning Technical College. He was much liked and had a warm sense of humour.”

Mr Holmes’ funeral will be held at Bourne Abbey Church on Friday, February 12, at 11.30am.

Family flowers only, but donations to St Barnabas Hospice will be gratefully received. Inquiries to R J Scholes Funeral Directors on 01778 394687.