The news broke this weekend of the shock death of the secretary of the Torbay GMB Union branch, Paul Raybould. Paul was also secretary to the South West and Torbay Trades Union Congress.
The Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Torbay Council, Steve Darling, said: "I had a chat on a bus with Paul only a few hours before his death. I asked him how he was getting on with the local elections campaign and as usual, with Paul, he told me he was busy supporting people over their employment rights. Paul and I had similar concerns about the problems that Torbay faces and we worked together over the years to tackle them."
The Torquay councillor went on to say: "Paul spent a lot of his time selflessly helping people with their issues concerning employment rights. He was one of life’s givers and there is one less good guy on the planet today."
Dennis Brewer, Chair of Torbay Liberal Democrats, added: "Paul has been a great servant to the Bay and particularly in his work with Tor2 and NHS staff. Our thoughts are particularly with his son Richard and daughter Vanessa. Richard is very much in the mould of his father and hopes to carry on the family tradition of helping and supporting those in need."