A TIRELESS community volunteer and environmental campaigner from Ilfracombe has passed away.
Tim Cox, 75, died at home on Friday after suffering from terminal cancer.
He was a founder of 361 Energy alongside other environmental and sustainable energy organisations.
Tim grew up in Oxfordshire before moving to North Devon where he lived in a caravan at Chambercombe Manor while acting as volunteer head groundsman.
After joining renewable energy company Trans-Send in 2002 he spent many years working in the company's shop and office in Ilfracombe High Street, eventually becoming managing director in 2004.
Tim was also a community activist, standing as a candidate for the Green Party at local council elections and supporting many campaigns for renewable energy in North Devon.
Ilfracombe town councillor and fellow member of Trans-Send, Frank Pearson, said Tim was a man who did everything he could for the people of the town.
"He was just a great man," he said. "He was one of those people who life had been a bit rough to before he moved to Ilfracombe. But he took to the community and they took to him. The upshot of that was the things he was doing were always for the benefit of the community and the people in the town, but his big thing was sustainable energy."
Frank said even in the last week before he died, Tim was working on building a flight of steps in Laston Green, a community garden in Ilfracombe.
"Then he started scything the grass," said Frank. "The thing that was awesome was there were some young people working on the green a fortnight ago and they watched Tim and saw his pipe going across his forehead. They walked over to him and said 'you are a legend.'"
Tim was also a founder director of COMBEbusiness.
Robert Zarywacz, current chairman of COMBEbusiness, has paid tribute to him.
He said: "Tim Cox dedicated himself to the community in Ilfracombe and was determined to establish a business group to represent and champion all businesses in and around the town.
"As a founder director of COMBEbusiness, Tim played a leading role in building a radical business organisation that focused on action and support. He disliked committees and bureaucracy, which meant he got things done, and he single-handedly completed our successful Big Lottery grant which funded mentoring and training based on people's real needs.
"All the while, Tim was very sociable, which made directors' meetings a pleasure, and there was no limit to his generosity. His fellow COMBEbusiness directors and members will all miss him."
Lynda Courtnadge, Ilfracombe town mayor, added: "I was very sad to learn of his illness and his eventual passing. He was a man who contributed a great deal to the community in many ways.
"He was heavily involved in the Cairn Conservation Group, he was a founder of Combe Business and was instrumental in the refurbishment of the council offices. He did so much in such a quiet and unassuming wait. It is a relief that he is no longer suffering but it is a great loss to the town."
Frank said there will not be a funeral for Tim but a memorial service will be held some time in the near future.
Marc Newland, of Coversure Insurance Services, has also paid tribute to Tim.
He said: "I didn’t know Tim for very long, in fact I first met him when my company joined COMBEusiness last Summer. Over the last year I have become quite involved in local matters in Ilfracombe and have worked with Tim.
"With all the work Tim has done for Ilfracombe, I feel the town owes him a debt of gratitude and think it would be fitting to name a garden (or part of a garden) in his name. I also think it would be good if a tree could be planted too. – The obvious choice would have to be a Cox’s apple tree."
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