Search

Friends mourn the loss of ‘man of the community’ Tom Horlock

PUBLISHED: 08:11 24 May 2017 | UPDATED: 08:11 24 May 2017

Freedom of the borough Tom Horlock

Freedom of the borough Tom Horlock

Archant

A war hero who was awarded the freedom of the borough in 2011 for his work in the community has died at the age of 97.

Tom Horlock, of Cranham, died on May 11 but his lifelong dedication to the local Labour Party and young people means he will never be forgotten by those whose lives he touched.

Heaton ward councillor Keith Darvill first met him more than 30 years ago

“Tom was one of the most influential people in my life apart from my parents,” said Keith. “When I first moved into Cranham he knocked on my door and introduced himself and welcomed me to the area.

“I realised how influential and important he was to the organisation in Havering and he wasn’t the sort of person that would be anxious for political advancement for himself.”

Tom was one of the first Allied soldiers to liberate concentration camps towards the end of the Second World War and also had a big impact on Keith’s son Simon, the secretary for Hornchurch & Upminster constituency Labour Party, who said he was like a “mentor”.

“Tom was always passionate about young people. He would never speak down to young people,” said Simon. “For me, he was quite a mentor figure, a great teacher of politics and was always willing to listen to you and would encourage participation.

“He had that connection with the political side of life and the community we work in - he was an amazing person.

“Everyone who I’ve spoken to has said how much they will miss him, how he got everyone together and built a community - it’s a big loss.”

Cllr Denis O’Flynn, who has twice been mayor of Havering, said Tom was a “man of the community”.

“He was a sterling character. Once in a lifetime you meet someone like Tom and I for one will solemnly miss him.

“Tom was a man in a million.”

Tom’s funeral will be held on June 6 at Herongate Wood Cemetary, Brentwood.

Related articles

Latest Romford News Stories

Yesterday, 18:04

A witness in the Beniamin Pieknyi murder trial told the court today he’d pleaded with the alleged attacker, telling him “it’s not worth it”.

Yesterday, 17:00

A resident has grown a massive pumpkin at a Havering-atte-Bower garden that is said to be 10ft in circumference.

Yesterday, 14:58

Havering’s NHS hospital trust has appointed the former chief financial officer of British Airways as its new CFO.

Yesterday, 13:10

From taking dance classes just for fun, to getting prepared to perform in front of thousands, a teenage street dance group is reaching new heights.

Yesterday, 10:04

A group of volunteers at a Hornchurch Charity are raising funds to provide a multi-sports court and beds for children in Ethiopia.

Yesterday, 10:03

A police officer caught driving a car without insurance or a MOT certificate committed “gross misconduct”, a hearing found.

Yesterday, 07:00

A total of 673 affordable homes weren’t built when they should have been, a report has shown.

Wed, 19:04

Firefighters and the RSPCA helped rescue a lucky black cat from a car engine in Elm Park.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Vauxhall has completed its sport utility vehicle range with the third, and largest, Grandland X. We put the SUV, now available at Tony LeVoi in Romford, to the test.

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

The next step in renewable energy could be right beneath your feet as you walk through a Romford shopping centre.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

News from your area

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now