Service will remember Rutland County Council leader Roger Begy

Photo:SM200312-037ow'Leader of Rutland County Council Roger Begy at Oakham Castle.
Photo:SM200312-037ow'Leader of Rutland County Council Roger Begy at Oakham Castle.
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The funeral of Rutland County Council leader Roger Begy will be held on Monday.

Coun Begy died at Leicester Royal Infirmary on Monday, February 1, following a short battle with cancer. He was 72-years-old.

His funeral will be held at St Mary the Virgin Church in Greetham at 10.30am on Monday.

Countless tributes have been paid to Coun Begy, who was a longstanding ward member for Greetham. He led the county council for more than 12 years and will be greatly missed by all those who worked with him or came into contact with him.

Chief executive of the Longhurst Group Julie Doyle paid tribute this week: “We worked closely with Roger when the housing stock was transferred to Spire Homes from the County Council.

“Roger was a central part in making sure that we delivered on everything we promised – improved housing for those in Rutland.

“He was absolutely dedicated to ensuring those in need received the care and consideration they deserved.”

The chairman of Rutland Camra (Campaign for Real Ale) Jon Whowell said: “Rutland Camra is saddened to hear of the death of CounRoger Begy and our sincere condolences are extended to his family.

“Roger was the 100th member of the Rutland branch and gave us valuable support to help us achieve our aims and objectives.

“He liked his pint and was proud of Rutland’s pubs, recognising what an important part of the community they are.

“He will be sorely missed.”

Last week, tributes were paid by Coun Begy’s colleagues at the council, Rutland MP Sir Alan Duncan and his family.

Coun Begy leaves his wife, two sons and a grandson.

His family have again thanked well-wishers for their support and ask for family flowers only. Donations can instead be made to Cancer Research UK and Junior Cricket in Rutland. These may be sent care of Fords of Oakham, 8 Church Street, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6AA.

A memorial service for Coun Begy will also be held at All Saints Church, Oakham, at 2pm on Thursday, March 
17.

The council will also observe a minute’s silence at its full council meeting on February 22.

l Rutland County Council’s customer service centre at Catmose will not open until 1pm on Monday to enable staff to attend the funeral. This affects both face-to-face and telephone inquiries.