Tributes paid to ‘larger than life’ former Exmouth mayor Bill Nash

PUBLISHED: 10:40 31 October 2018

Former Exmouth mayor Bill Nash. Picture: Daniel Smith

Former Exmouth mayor Bill Nash. Picture: Daniel Smith


Tributes have been paid to a ‘larger than life’ former Exmouth mayor who died following a short illness.

Bill Nash, who served as town councillor for the Littleham ward and on the district council for the town ward, died aged 77.

He also served as Exmouth mayor for the year 2014-15 and was a member of Exmouth town council’s planning committee.

Current town mayor councillor Jeff Trail said: “Bill was a larger than life person who worked hard for the town and his beloved ward of Littleham.

“During debates and especially town planning committee meetings, he was an animated, enthusiastic member of the council.

“He will be sadly missed. On behalf of the town council and staff, I send our condolences to his wife Mary and his family.”

Cllr Nash was elected to the town council in 2011 and was ‘instrumental’ in establishing the tourist information service in 2014. He was also an ‘enthusiastic and supportive’ member of the town team.

He had been serving as lead councillor for finance since May this year.

Having been elected to East Devon District Council (EDDC) in 2015, cllr Nash was a member of the scrutiny, audit and governance committees.

He was also a member of the joint board of LED Leisure from 2016 and of the Exmouth Regeneration Board from this year. He was also the lead councillor for Exmouth and EDDC’s estates and property service.

Cllr Andrew Moulding, chairman of EDDC, said: “Bill was extremely well respected for the community work he carried out on behalf of the district council in Exmouth.

“He was a strong advocate for sport and recreational initiatives throughout East Devon.

“I remember Bill as an excellent town mayor and a great supporter of all things good about Exmouth. He will be sadly missed by all councillors and staff at EDDC.”

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