‘A dedicated councillor who had the town’s best interests at heart’: Tributes paid after former Mayor of Thame dies

Former Mayor of Thame Delia Smith, who died aged 88
Former Mayor of Thame Delia Smith, who died aged 88
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Tributes have been paid to the first female Mayor of Thame who died last week aged 88.

Delia Smith served the area as a town, district and county councillor and was elected as Mayor in 1979 and 1980.

Away from politics, Mrs Smith ran the antique shop in Park Street, Thame, with her husband Harold for many years before opening H&D Smith Sons and Daughters.

Mrs Smith, who had been in a care home since suffering a stroke when she was 80, had five children, 13 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

Following her death, Mrs Smith’s family described her as a ‘wonderful’ woman.

Lynn Crane, her daughter, said: “She became interested in local politics and eventually became ‘The First Lady of Thame’ as the first female mayor.

“The antique shop became a surgery for her.

“After becoming a town councillor residents knew that they could always find a listening ear and would often pop in to discuss a boundary problem or something they thought she could help with.

“She loved music, theatre, animals, books, Thame, her family and friends.

“Her home was open to friends and friends of friends.

“She was seen whizzing around on her bike or in her Morris Minor, or even running from place to place.”

Mrs Smith was born in Stadhampton in 1925, the second daughter of a police officer.

She worked in Wrexham during the war doing chemical analysis of explosives for the Ministry of Supply.

She was involved in a host of groups in the Thame area, including the WI, charity shops and the church, as well as being a school governor.

Ann Midwinter, another former Mayor of Thame, said: “Delia was a dedicated councillor and always had the town’s best interests at heart, working tirelessly for the people of Thame.”

Her funeral will be held at 2pm on October 10 at St Mary’s Church in Thame.