Tributes have been paid to the late Rodger Aves, 73, chairman of Bressingham and Fersfield Parish Council, who died on May 4 after a short illness.
Parish clerk Mike Mortimer said Mr Aves had “played an enormous part in the life of the village”. “It is difficult to imagine a man more agreeable to work with,” he said. “He will be missed by the council.”
Mr Aves grew up at The Oaks, Bressingham - the family farm bought by his grandfather. A respected stockman, he loved to pass on his knowledge to a younger generation and enjoyed showing his prize-winning herd at shows. He was a lifelong member and the current president of Diss Stockmens Club, and a member of Norfolk Stockmens and the Norfolk Holstein and Friesian Clubs, serving on their committees and as chairman.
Gemma Hamilton of the Diss club said members were “deeply saddened” and “his enthusiastic and unique manner will be missed.” His son, Des Aves, who now runs The Oaks, said his father retired when the farm’s milking herd was sold. “But he couldn’t put it down and he still loved to get out on the farm.” As well as a councillor, he was a churchwarden initiating a project to re-roof the church porch, and was involved with the preservation of Shelfanger Common.
A tribute on the village website (www.bressinghamandfersfield.org) described him as “a man for everyone, and always willing to help”. “To say he will be sorely missed is an understatement.” Mr Aves leaves a widow, Mildred, sons Des and Robert, and three grandchildren.