Former Councillor Albert (Bertie) Bassam
Last Updated: 03 Jan 2018 11:26am
It is with sadness and regret that the Council advise of the passing of former Councillor Albert (Bertie) Bassam on 22 December, following a steady decline in his health over recent years. He is survived by his wife Sylvia.
The Leader of the Council, Jeremy Kite MBE has offered the following response to the news of former Councillor Bassam’s death:
‘The news of Bertie Bassam’s death in the days before Christmas will come as a very particular sadness to his many friends and former County, Borough and Parish colleagues.
He was not the sort of Councillor to go unnoticed - either by virtue of his many achievements across the Borough or in the communities around his home ward of Longfield. His main interests were planning where he was a relentless advocate for appropriate development on a human scale and also education where he never lost his zeal for promoting opportunities for young people. He served the Governing Body at The Longfield School for many years and dedicated his later mayoral year to raising the profile of youth groups across the Borough.
Always effective in the chamber as a representative, Committee Chairman or Mayor, his straightforward manner belied his qualities as a deeply kind, generous and friendly colleague for whom nothing was ever too much trouble if it would benefit others. He was hugely well respected and liked in and around the rural villages of his KCC division. His achievements will be long lasting and evident to many, but particularly to those who had the immense privilege to know him and call him a friend. I will not be the only friend to remember the laughter and warmth that accompanied this very gentle man at every occasion social and civic.’