Wycombe Labour was saddened to hear of the death of Jim Tanner who passed away on 13th March. Jim was a long serving Labour member, who sat as both a district and county councillor during the '80s and '90s and served as CLP secretary for a number of years. He was also Mayor of High Wycombe from 1989 to 1990, as well as playing an active role in a variety of community roles, including school governor.
Former district councillor and Wycombe mayor Nigel Vickery paid tribute:
'I first met Jim around the time I joined the CLP, I was struck by his smile which for the most part was always on his face. Although I’d see him at meetings I didn’t have a great deal to do with him until the lead up to the 1995 District Council Elections. He was then CLP Secretary and the office at Townsfield House was a hive of activities with Jim at the centre. After what was a great result for us, we set about a working “relationship” with the LibDems. As a newbie I was put on the Community & Leisure Committee & Panel along with Jim, who gave me such help and support.
There was a reshuffle in '96, where I was given the role as Chair of the C&L Panel. Jim thankfully agreed to be the Vice-Chair. Through the next 3yrs we worked closely covering a great deal of work thanks to Jim being able to support cover for me while I was at work. Luckily Jim had a calming manner that was put to great use. He sadly lost his seat in 1999, but maintained his passion and commitment to the party. Jim had the privilege of being Town Mayor in 1989-90, I know both he and Sylvia enjoyed his year as Mayor, meeting so many people working behind the scenes to make High Wycombe a better place. In the lead up to my year as Mayor Jim was on hand once again to give his support and advise on who to avoid. In 2004, Jim was rewarded for his years of public service to the town by becoming a Honorary Burgess.
He had in recent years along with Sylvia not enjoyed good health. I however will always remember him with affection, may he rest in peace.'