Councillor John Orrick
We are very sad to announce the death of Councillor John Orrick, who represented the Queens Park Ward.
John was a well known councillor who had represented Queens Park Ward since 2018, as well as twice before (1997-2000) and (2004-2008). He was first elected to the district council in 1997. He served on various council committees and made valuable contributions to many local organisations including the Caterham Community Association, East Surrey Dial-a-Ride and the Westway Centre (formerly the Douglas Brunton Centre).
In addition, John was a Caterham Hill Parish Councillor and a county councillor for Surrey County Council from 2009 to 2017.
Councillor Orrick was a dedicated and well respected councillor who will be greatly missed by councillors, officers and residents. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.
Councillor Chris Botten, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, said: “The loss of our dear friend and colleague is felt intensely by all of us and by the community at large. There were so many whom John helped, so many he heard with sympathy and kindness, so many who trusted him to put the community first, and so many times he could use his brilliant wit to bring us back to practical reality. Our hearts go out to his family. His poppy project with the Parish Council to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the armistice epitomised the dedication, care and ingenuity he brought to public life. Those poppies will last as an enduring commemoration to him, as well as the fallen in war.
We will miss him for a very long time to come.”
Councillor Tony Elias, Leader of the Council, said: "Colleagues were shocked to hear the sad news of John's passing. I have personally known John for many years both as a District Councillor and a Surrey County Councillor. John was a gentleman in the true sense of the word, always going to great lengths to ensure he did not offend anyone, yet he made his points with integrity and conviction. On a personal level, he was a source of great strength to our colleague Councillor Harwood during Ken's recent illness and subsequent passing. John will leave a big void and our heartfelt sympathies go to his family."
Councillor Catherine Sayer, Leader of the Independents and OLRG Alliance, said: “John was a dedicated Councillor and a great asset to the district’s residents and to Tandridge District Council. He was a very decent and fair-minded man and we will all very much miss him.”
Chairman of the Council, Councillor Jeremy Pursehouse, said: “John was the ward councillor who set the standard for other members. Everything he did had the interests of his residents and the whole of Tandridge at its heart and amazingly, he managed to do it all with a terrific sense of humour. We will miss him. I will miss him.”