By Tristan Harris Thursday 08 August 2013 Updated: 16/08 10:49
TRIBUTES have been paid to a former councillor who has died at the age of 91 after serving Bromsgrove on Worcestershire County Council for years.
The funeral of Terry O'Reilly, who was born James Terrance O'Reilly on April 5 1922, was held last Wednesday (July 31) at Redditch Crematorium.
Mr O'Reilly served continuously from 1960, when he was elected as Worcestershire County Counci's member for Bromsgrove South.
He then represented Bromsgrove West on Hereford and Worcester County Councillor from 1973 until his retirement in 1998.
In May 1997, he became the seventh and last chairman of the Hereford and Worcester authority.
He was also the last chairman of the combined Hereford and Worcester Council.
Coun Peter McDonald, county councillor for Beacon and leader of the authority's Labour Party, praised his dedication.
"Terry was a gentlemen who refused to ever publise any of his achievements as he had no need to, because residents knew if they turned to him for help they would receive it.
"He fought against discrimination all his life and will always be remembered as the gentleman he was.
"Not many people will ever beat his length of time in public service and devotion to the Labour Party."
During his career, he became a senior member on several committees, including libraries, further education, strategic planning and transport.
He also served as chairman of the former Bromsgrove Further Education College and South Bromsgrove High School and he was chairman of governors at Charford and Finstall First Schools.
Family and friends attended last Wednesday's service, along with Coun Gordon Yarranton, Chairman of Worcestershire County Council, and Coun Liz Tucker, who was leader of the authority when Mr O'Reilly was chairman.
A request was made for no flowers, but donations to Macmillan Cancer Support would be welcome and can be forwarded to RL Rea, Funeral Directors, 17 Rock Hill, Bromsgrove, B61 7LL.
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