A former mayor of Berkhamsted who led the town’s Chamber of Commerce for 20 years passed away on New Year’s Day aged 75.
Ron Cowie had been in Watford General Hospital for about two months before his death after a sudden illness took hold of him.
He stepped down from his role as chairman of the Berkhamsted & District Chamber of Commerce in April last year, a month before giving up his mayoral duties.
He was still a member of Berkhamsted Town Council at the time of his death and had served in the role for six-and-a-half years. He was also the current chairman of the Berkhamsted Town Hall Trust, which raises money for the upkeep of the building.
Current chairman of the Berkhamsted & District Chamber of Commerce David Steadman said: “He was an unsung hero in a way. He never went out of his way to gain publicity – he just got on with the job.
“He was a good, all-round guy and very public-spirited, and did a lot for the community.
“It never seemed to worry him how much work he took on and he was involved in all sorts of things. He was well-connected and got things done.”
Mr Cowie was also known for his work as a former chairman of governors for Greenway First and Nursery School, Berkhamsted, and had lived in the town since 1986.