A portrait photo of the late Cllr David May

Tributes have been paid to a dedicated South Hams District Councillor who sadly died this week.

South Hams District Council are deeply saddened to announce that Executive Member, Cllr David May, passed away at his home in Ivybridge on Wednesday.

David was a very well-known and popular representative of Ivybridge, most recently the Ivybridge West Ward. He was first elected to Council in 2003 and during his time in Office, David served on all major Committees of the Council, including becoming the Chairman of the Development Management Committee and the Licensing Committee.

Since May 2019, David served on the Executive where he was responsible for the Communities and Enterprise portfolio. It was an area of much interest to him, striving to help improve people's lives and livelihoods in the South Hams.

David was a larger than life character, a local businessman who also had many outside interests including Havencare, of which he was a Director, and the Ivybridge Rotary of which he was a past President. He will be very much missed and fondly remembered by his friends and colleagues at the Council.

Cllr Judy Pearce, South Hams District Council's Leader, said: "David was in many ways a larger than life figure in our Council. He was funny, generous and kind and a devoted family man. He was a successful businessman and a competent hard working colleague, who served his constituents well for a long time. He was a much valued and appreciated member of the Council.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very sad time. We send them our condolences."

Cllr Keith Baldry, South Hams District Council's, Leader of the Opposition, said: "This is very sad.  I became a District Councillor in 2007 when David was already on the Council.  We immediately got on and this was not exceptional, David was friendly and welcoming to everyone.  He was always helpful. Our political views were miles apart but we enjoyed each other's company.

"I was flattered when David invited Isabel and me to his sixtieth birthday party. It was typical that it was no ordinary party; he had a fairground built in David May Motors.  Sadly, appalling weather restricted some of the rides.

"When we were setting up Ivybridge foodbank, David gave a van to be used to distribute food to local villages. He was a lovely, generous person and I am going to miss him.  I feel for Shelagh and the family."