TRIBUTE has been paid to a ‘respected’ councillor and ‘good friend’.
Richard Cheney died on July 16 after a long illness, just ahead of his 70th birthday.
The Liberal Democrat represented Shipston on Warwickshire County Council between 1981 to 1989. He sat on Stratford District Council from 1979 to 1983 and again between 2008 and 2015, in which time he was leader of the group and leader of the opposition.
The local party says he was always ‘ready to speak out to defend his beliefs’ and in support of those who ‘did not share his good fortune in life.’
Richard grew up on Aylesmore Farm in Brailes, which was owned by his family.
He married wife Judith in 1984 and they had two children.
Richard and his brother took over the farm in later years, moving from livestock to arable farming.
The keen environmentalist planted wildflowers around its border in a bid to encourage wildlife. He was also a beekeeper and previously chairman of Shipston Beekeepers Association.
Leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Stratford District Council, Susan Juned, said: “We’ve lost a good friend.
“Richard worked tirelessly for his local community. His political principles and his fierce support for the environment shone through in everything he did. We will miss him.”
And district council chairman Christopher Kettle added: “Richard Cheney was a kind person and someone who worked very hard for the people he represented and always helped where he could. He was leader of the opposition when I was first elected and was well respected by all his fellow councillors and officers at the council.
“Condolences to his family at this sad time.”