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Robert Foote - in memoriam

Image: some of the people who attended the tree plantingRobert Foote was a much liked and respected councillor, who died in a tragic accident last year as he was volunteering as a marshal at Brands Hatch.

Earlier this month fellow councillors, family, friends and council staff joined together to plant a tree in his memory in Shadbolt Park.

The tree selected is a Sessile Oak, a British native tree that grows 'straight and true' and has a lifespan of over 500 years.

Robert Foote had served as a councillor for Cuddington Ward since 2003 and was Mayor of the Borough in 2014-15.

During his time as a Councillor, Robert chaired the Crime Prevention Panel and the Council’s Licensing Committee, served on the Neighbourhood Policing Panel and several of the Council’s committees. As Mayor his chosen charities were Epsom Foodbank, Epsom & Ewell Citizens Advice Bureau and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Robert was born in Bristol. He spent 30 years in the airline industry and ran a car servicing business and worked as an MOT tester. He was a regular volunteer marshal at Brands Hatch and Goodwood. Thousands of tributes were made by the motorsport community following Robert’s death, including from Formula 1 drivers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell.

Image: Robert Foote with his self-built Caterham 7 carIn his Mayoral speech, Rob said, ‘Most of my friends…will know me as a car mechanic, some as an aircraft engineer and some as a close friend and for me the latter is priceless. During my life, I have had numerous interests, hobbies and different jobs and that has brought me into contact with many people from different backgrounds and cultures. This has stimulated an interest in individuals and people from all walks of life, rather than interaction with mechanically propelled vehicles, which has been my day job”.

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