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Tributes paid following death of ‘lovely, honourable’ ADASS president

Tributes have been paid to Harold Bodmer, the president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), following his death yesterday.

In a statement, Margaret Willcox, the vice-president of ADASS, and Ray James, the immediate past president, said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the sad passing of our president, Harold Bodmer, yesterday.

“Many people today have used the words "such a lovely, honourable man" capturing how, in addition to his professionalism and expertise, his values, integrity, compassion, humility and warmth meant Harold was not only deeply respected but also held in great affection by so many people.

“Harold has made an enormous contribution to the people of Norfolk, to our Association and to the wider health and care sector. He has served ADASS as regional chair, then vice-president before becoming president in April this year. His opening speech will be remembered by everyone who had the privilege to be there.

“Harold will be greatly missed, most of all, our thoughts and warmest wishes are with his wife and family at this very sad time. May he rest in peace.”

Bodmer served as executive director of adult social services at Norfolk County Council.

Cllr Cliff Jordan, leader of the council, said: “I cannot think of a single man who has risen to the top of his profession as Harold did this year and been so universally liked. He was the very epitome of public service and of the caring professions. It goes without saying that our thoughts are with his family at this very distressing time.”

(Image c. ADASS)

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