FAMILY and friends have paid tribute to Solihull’s oldest councillor, who died this week.
Honor Cox (Lib Dem, Olton) had served on the borough council for almost 20 years and was a member of many different committees.
A former Mayor of Solihull, Coun Cox had met then US president Bill Clinton during her year of office.
Before moving into politics, the 84-year-old was head of maths and general studies at Solihull College for over 30 years. She had first become interested in the Liberal Party at the University of London, but as a council employee, could not stand for election until she retired.
Spending most of her life in the borough, she had three children and five grandchildren
Daughter Marylin Dixon, who also served as her mayoress, said: “She was so interested in politics and thought it was important to play a role in the community.”
Granddaughter Jeni said: “Her father George Carter had actually been an independent councillor before her. She was a formidable woman who dedicated herself to Solihull.”
Colleagues from across the political spectrum also had fond memories of Coun Cox, who lived at Rectory Gardens, near Solihull town centre.
“She was a fantastic character and a true liberal, who was still involved in so many things,” said MP Lorely Burt. “We won’t see a councillor like her again.”
And she had actually taught maths to a couple of fellow councillors - including cabinet member David Jamieson.
“She could be fearsome, but if she was fighting on your side, she was the best ally you could ever have,” he said.
“It was a privilege to know her and she will be greatly missed for her contribution to education and the council.”
Coun Cox had reported feeling unwell for several days and was admitted to hospital, where she died on Monday.
Details of the funeral had not been confirmed as the Solihull News went to press.