FONDLY REMEMBERED: Tim Marks, during his time as mayor of St Edmundsbury, with wife Margaret, right
Margaret Marks is standing as a candidate in the by-election to represent Haverhill Cangle on Suffolk County Council. The seat was previously held by Mrs Marks husband Tim, who died from a heart attack at the age of 78, on January 4.
Mr Marks, who served as mayor of Haverhill from 2004 to 2006, was part of a group of councillors and officers conducting a site visit to a property in Bury St Edmunds for St Edmundsbury Council’s development control committee, when he collapsed.
Despite the best efforts of those in attendance, including one of the councillors who gave CPR prior to the arrival of paramedics, Mr Marks died at the scene.
Mrs Marks, who has served Haverhill West on St Edmundsbury Borough Council, said she made the decision to stand for her late husband’s seat as a tribute to him.
“I would not have stood if Tim had not died,” said Mrs Marks, from Withersfield Road.
“He was really involved in the town and worked tirelessly doing an amazing job and I am doing this out of respect for him.”
Mrs Marks was married to her husband for 33 years and the couple had four children.
She said it would be a challenge to take on the role which he had filled so well.
“I debated it for a while and then decided to go for it,” said Mrs Marks.
“Tim was very clever and was so well known and respected. I do tell people that I am not as clever as Tim but the one thing I can do is to try and carry on what he did and have some continuity.”
Mr Marks was elected member of Suffolk County Council for Haverhill Cangle in 2005. He stood down in 2013, but returned in May last year following a local by-election.
He also served as mayor of St Edmundsbury during 2012/13 and cheered on the Olympic torch as it was carried through Haverhill and Bury St Edmunds, as well as welcoming the Rwandan Olympic Team to their training camp in Bury.
Amongst his other roles Mr Marks was secretary of Haverhill in Bloom, a governor of Samuel Ward Academy and served as a ward councillor for Haverhill North.
The by-election for Haverhill Cangle is to be held on Thursday, May 5.