Sam Robinson was elected to Torridge on four occasions, as a Conservative Ward Member for Northam between 2006 and 2011 and as a UKIP Ward Member for Bideford East between 2014 and 2018. An active Councillor, he held a variety of posts within the Council, most recently as Lead Member for Democratic Support and as a Member of the Community & Resources and Audit & Governance Committees. Sam was also a serving Bideford Town Councillor and a past County Councillor.
Councillor John Himan – Chair of Torridge District Council said: “It is with great sadness that Sam, a close colleague and highly respected Councillor is no longer with us. His quiet charming Irish voice, his in-depth knowledge of the subject he was speaking about and his mischievous smile will always be remembered”.
Councillor Jane Whittaker – Leader of Torridge District Council said: “I was immensely sad to hear the news about Sam this morning. I actually succeeded him on to TDC as one of the Northam Ward District Cllrs when Sam had decided not to contest that seat. He was a charming, thoughtful and hugely gifted Cllr who was always more than ready to help anyone in any way he could. I will miss him personally and professionally. My condolences to Sam’s wife and family.”
Councillor Dermot McGeough, Mayor of Bideford said: “Goodbye dear friend. May God bless you as you did us with your time here on this earth. You will be sadly missed but always remembered by your fellow councillors and constituents.”
Jenny Wallace – Head of Paid Service at Torridge said: “Sam put so much into his role as a Councillor at Torridge, always ready to speak out on those local issues which mattered so much to him. The range and depth of his knowledge was amazing, but most of all I will remember him for the courteous and gentle soul he was. Deepest condolences to his wife and family at this difficult time.”
Councillor David Hurley – Deputy Leader of Torridge District Council said: “I was shocked when I heard this morning that Sam had passed away. From the first time I met him he has always been courteous and even though our opinions didn’t always coincide, we always parted as friends, with mutual respect for each other’s views. Always a gentleman I shall certainly miss his wise council. My thoughts and condolences are with his wife and family.”
Councillor Mervyn Langmead – Ward Member for Bideford East added: “I was so sad to hear of Sam’s passing. I have worked with him for almost the last 7 years as a district and town councillor for the Bideford East Ward; we didn’t all ways see eye to eye but he respected your point of view. We worked on several different committees but mainly on Plans. He was a hive of knowledge and he will be greatly missed. R.I.P. SAM.”
Councillor Margaret Brown – Ward Member for Torrington said: “I knew Sam well. He was a fountain of knowledge and a true gentleman and it was always a pleasure to be in his company. He was very active in Great Torrington Parish Church and will be missed by all those who knew him in this Community. Condolences to his wife and family. God bless you Sam.”
Councillor Rose Lock – Ward Member for Three Moors said: “I joined TDC the same time as Sam and we would have served twelve years together come next May. It was a pleasure to have worked with him and he was always a gentleman. I learnt a lot from him and he will be missed by all at Torridge and his ward. My condolences to his wife and family.”
Councillor Alison Boyle – Ward Member for Kenwith said: “I always found Sam to be a perfect gentleman and considerate. His knowledge of the world was remarkable and the story of his past involvement allied with foreign services was incredibly inspiring. My condolences to his family. The world has lost a good man.”
The flag at Riverbank House will be flying at half-mast in respect.