Waverley Borough Council has paid tribute to Councillor Roger Blishen, who passed away this week. As a mark of respect, the flag at The Burys was flown at half-mast on Wednesday 9 November.
Councillor Blishen was elected as ward councillor for Farnham Bourne in 2019, and since that time has faithfully served on the council, representing the interests of residents with energy and commitment.
Councillor Blishen was very active within the council and was a respected member of the Licensing and Regulatory Committee, the Overview and Scrutiny Committee – Resources and the Western Planning Committee. He also acted as a trustee of the Ewart Bequest Trust and the Shottermill Recreation Ground Trust.
Outside of the council, Roger held management posts in several volunteer organisations supporting local members of disability groups. He was also a long-serving board member of the Surrey Safeguarding Adults Board. Involved in Scouting since 1949, he also started a local Neighbourhood Watch scheme.
Councillor John Ward, the Mayor of Waverley, said: “Councillor Blishen was a very hard-working and personable councillor, who had overcome many setbacks before dedicating himself to public service. He will be greatly missed. All our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very sad time.”