TIM ORMROD, the former college lecturer and Labour local and county councillor for Colne, passed away peacefully aged 80 on October 22.

Born and brought up in Nelson, Tim became an engineering apprentice at Rolls-Royce aged 16, and worked there until the late 1960s.

He studied teacher training at Manchester University and became a lecturer in engineering at Nelson and Colne College in 1969, where he worked for many years, and was a staff governor.

He taught day release students from local firms, and evening classes, as well as pupils from Pendle schools on link courses, ensuring they had the skills to achieve their engineering ambitions. Many former students would stop him in the street if they saw him, and update him on how they were doing.

Tim became active in the local Labour Party and was the President of Pendle Labour Party for several years. He was often the election agent, and the secretary for a time as well. He was very supportive of having more women involved in the Labour Party and standing for elections.

During the Miners’ Strike in the 1980s, Tim was part of a local group in the Pendle Labour Party who supported a mining community in Clipstone in Nottinghamshire.

He would take parcels of food, clothes, and toys for the children in his Land Rover and trailer, managing to pass through the cordons that turned many others away. Afterwards, the local community presented him with a miner’s lamp to thank him for his efforts.

He became a local councillor and was very proud to represent the people of Waterside Ward in Colne.

He enjoyed talking to and helping people with any issues that they might have. He later became a County Councillor, representing people in Colne, and was joined as a local and county councillor by his wife Dorothy. Tim had regular surgeries at Colne Library so that anyone could pop in to raise issues with him or have a tea and a chat.

Tim particularly enjoyed his role as cabinet member for the environment and rural affairs, as he always had a love of nature. His particular interest was footpaths, making sure they stayed open for all to enjoy. He officially opened the barn at Wycoller, and inside, you can see the plaque marking this.

Tim was strongly involved in the Co-operative Party at local, regional and national levels. He helped to set up Just Dust in Colne and Colne Credit Union, which has been very successful. He strongly promoted Fairtrade, when most people hadn’t heard of it – encouraging shops to stock and people to buy Fairtrade items. He held stalls in Co-op stores to highlight Fairtrade, and was delighted when Pendle became the first borough in the UK to be Fairtrade accredited. As a County Councillor, he was the Fairtrade Champion for Lancashire County Council.

On a personal level, Tim met his wife Dorothy through their mutual interest in cycling , as her father, Edgar Bailey, officiated as a timekeeper at time trials, and Dorothy was also a keen cyclist. He had joined St Christopher’s Catholic Cycling Club, and became a fast cyclist, competing and winning time trials and races.

After marrying in 1964, Tim and Dorothy lived in the home they had refurbished themselves at Heightside, in Colne. They had three daughters, Karen, Charlotte and Gwenda and spent happy summer holidays touring parts of the UK in their Land Rover and caravan.

Tim’s daughters recall that he was a devoted husband and father, always very encouraging, supporting them through school and into further and higher education. He was very proud of all their achievements, in life and their careers. He had a great sense of humour, and they had a happy family life together. He was also a fantastic grandfather to Megan, Joshua and Ben, and was very proud of all they did.

Tim enjoyed walking with the family’s dogs around the countryside over the years. After Tim and Dorothy moved to Laneshawbridge, Tim used the dog walks to meet new neighbours, so that he knew everyone.

Regretfully, Tim decided to stand down as a councillor in order to receive treatment for prostate cancer. After his first round of treatment, he helped to set up a local Prostate cancer group to help others going through the same issues. More recently, he supported Alzheimer’s Society, as his father and a friend lived with this condition. He found out about all the different kinds of support they offered, and felt this charity was often overlooked as people were scared of the condition.

After successfully beating cancer, Tim spent more time with his family and friends. Unfortunately the cancer returned recently, and became advanced. After short stays in hospital, Tim was able to remain at home with Dorothy, with the support of Macmillan nurses, the district nursing team and Pendleside Hospice at Home team.

The family reflect that Tim enjoyed being part of and representing the local community, giving a voice to people who struggled to have their voices heard. The major theme of his life would be helping others – to educate, to support and to improve peoples’ lives. Tim will be fondly remembered and very much missed by all who knew him, especially by his family and friends.

A Requiem Mass was held at Sacred Heart RC church Colne on November 11, followed by a burial at Colne Cemetery. Donations in Tim’s memory can be made to Alzheimer’s Society.