For over 30 years Paul was a highly respected member of the West Suffolk Conservative Association and it is with great sadness that we report that he has died.
Paul was born in Northern Ireland and retained his Irish roots, sense of humour and love of his birth country, but for Paul, Haverhill was “home”. It was the place that he has lived for over 40 years and where he and Elaine brought up their family. To Paul being part of a community meant more than just living there, it meant taking a pro-active approach and Paul demonstrated this working as a Town Councillor for 8 years and St Edmundsbury Borough Councillor for a further 4. Paul enjoyed the challenges of local government and had a great sense of community pride. Paul worked hard for his Ward members and he will be greatly missed by them all.
After working as an engineer in the chemical industry; Paul then decided to change his career, and he joined Three Counties Transport, a community –based on-demand service supporting the elderly and disabled. Paul also qualified as a driving instructor and assessor for MiDAS and took great pride in teaching the new bus-drivers.
Paul’s commitment to the Conservative Party endured to the very end of his life. Despite knowing that he was life-limited, he continued actively to campaign for the May 2015 Election. It was Paul’s greatest desire to see the Conservative Party returned to full power and we are pleased that he achieved that aim.
The West Suffolk Conservative Association would like to record its appreciation to Paul and Elaine for their long and loyal support. The Association would also like to extend its' sympathy to Elaine and to all the relatives of the McManus family.