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South Hams Council’s larger than life characters.died on Tuesday after a short illness

TRIBUTES have been paid to Cllr John Carter, who died on Tuesday after a short illness at the age of 66.
He leaves his wife Jan, brother Gerry and sister-in-law Lyn.
South Hams Council said: ‘John was one of South Hams Council’s larger than life characters.
‘John, who lived in Hope Cove and represented the Salcombe and Marlborough ward with great passion from 2003 to 2014, saw through many major improvements while chairman of Salcombe Harbour Board from May 2011 to 2014.’
Rob Wheeler, mayor of Salcombe, said: ‘His strong, direct and personable approach had a positive effect in his role as a district councillor for which Salcombe is a better place, especially in his role as chairman of the Salcombe and Kingsbridge Estuary Harbour Board. He will be sadly missed and our thoughts are with his family.’
Ian Gibson, harbourmaster at Salcombe, said: ‘We are in shock at the news. He had hidden his health problems very well and it has all happened so fast.’
MP Dr Sarah Wollaston said: ‘I was saddened to hear of the death of John Carter, who will be greatly missed by his many friends and colleagues.
‘He made a terrific contribution as a local councillor including his support for important groups such as the Hope Cove Life Boat. My deepest sympathies to his wife, Jan.’
Steve Baguley, of Hope Cove Life Boat, said: ‘The trustees and crew of the Hope Cove Life Boat are all deeply saddened to hear of the death of John Carter. This will be a great loss to the local community.
‘His history as one of the volunteer coastguards in Hope Cove put him as one of the prominent supporters when the future of the rescue boat was at risk.
‘He was involved during the negotiations with the minister, and once the village had been given the challenge of taking on the running of an independent lifeboat, John became one of the volunteer trustees.’

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