Local Assembly Member Nick Ramsay has paid tribute to the former Mayor of Chepstow, Henry Ashby who passed away on Sunday morning at the age of 63.
Mr Ashby, who was Mayor of Chepstow from 2009-10, was also well known locally for his knowledge as a forager, supplying some of Monmouthshire’s most well-known restaurants with many of their ingredients.
Speaking today, Mr Ramsay said:
“Jennifer and I are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of our dear friend Henry Ashby.
“Henry was a warm-hearted and generous man who only wanted the best for people. He excelled in his role as Mayor of Chepstow and was always passionate about ways of improving the town.
“The outdoors was his first love and he gained a formidable reputation locally as an expert forager, supplying some of Monmouthshire’s most well known restaurants and helping in no small part to put our county on the map as an international food destination.
“Henry was also very knowledgeable about the sea having served as a submariner in his younger days.
“He was one of a kind. I shall miss our chats very much. Our thoughts are with Tanya and Henry’s family at this difficult time.”