Tributes have been paid to Eric Saxon [via the Abergavenny Chronicle], a beloved husband, father and grandfather who made a huge impact on the Monmouthshire community, who died last Friday aged 70, following a battle with cancer.
Mr Saxon was a beloved husband to his wife Lizz, a loving father to his children, Steven and Gillian, as well as a devoted grandfather to Tyler and Mia, and a dear friend to many.
He had long-standing experience of local government, working for nearly 30 years in the management and maintenance of a local authority parks department and serving for eight years as a county councillor, making his name as a strong and opinionated representative of the Llanfoist community.
In his life, Eric impacted huge communities in his roles as a councillor and as Chairman of the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, as well as being a renowned organiser for the Royal Horticultural Society, working at such large-scale events as the Chelsea and Tatton Park Flower Shows.
Leader of Monmouthshire County Council, Councillor Peter Fox said, “It was with great sadness we heard that Eric Saxon had passed away. Eric was an excellent county councillor and cabinet member who was responsible for county operations which included highways and waste management.
“Eric was passionate about the possibilities surrounding recycling and was key to helping Monmouthshire become one of the best recycling authorities in Wales. Eric was also passionate about his community in Llanfoist and was fundamental in bringing about a fantastic new school as well as the excellent community hall. We all have a lot to thank Eric for.
“Eric was a lovely person, a good friend and one who will be missed by so many. Our deepest thoughts are with his wife Lizz and their family at this time.”
Mrs Julie James, present Chairman of the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority said, “From all of us at the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, we would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Eric’s family during this very sad time.
“Eric was a member of the authority from May 2008 until May 2012, representing Monmouthshire County Council, and served as national park chairman from July 2010 until July 2011.
“He was a true gentleman of the old school: decent, honest, unfailingly courteous, incredibly kind and generous, and deeply committed to the concept of National Parks and the Brecon Beacons in particular.
“He believed passionately in the heritage of the area and took on the role of heritage champion during his time here. He was also committed to the principle of providing affordable housing to local people and worked on the affordable housing working group.
“It was clear to all of us that he had great passion for the area and its people in everything that he did. He was never too busy to stop and talk to people and was always willing to listen to the views of others.
“After he left the authority he kept in touch with members and officers and we valued the friendship he gave to us. He will be very fondly remembered by us all and our thoughts go to his family.”
Councillor Simon Howarth said, “Eric was a dear friend to me, not just as a fellow councillor, but outside of that too. We would regularly walk our dogs together in Clydach, and even after he retired as a councillor we still regularly kept in touch. He was extremely supportive of me, and vice versa.
“Eric was a passionate man, and lived for the county. I always said, you could take Eric out of Monmouthshire, but you could never take Monmouthshire out of Eric.
“He was a very knowledgeable and generous man, and through his work in horticulture would always bring me plants and flowers for my garden. He will be sorely missed, and I, along with many I am sure, am saddened by his passing.”
Mr Saxon’s funeral service will take place on Friday, February 14 at Gwent Crematorium at 2pm