Tributes paid to ADASS president Harold Bodmer

22 Jul 16

Tributes have been paid to Harold Bodmer, president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, whose sudden death was announced this week.

Bodmer was executive director of adult social services at Norfolk County Council and assumed the ADASS presidency in April this year.

In a statement, Margaret Willcox, ADASS vice president, and Ray James, immediate past president, said: “Many people have used the words ‘such a lovely, honourable man’ capturing how, in addition to his professionalism and expertise, his values, integrity, compassion, humility and warmth meant Harold was not only deeply respected but also held in great affection by so many people.

“Harold has made an enormous contribution to the people of Norfolk, to our association and to the wider health and care sector.

“Harold will be greatly missed… our thoughts and warmest wishes are with his wife and family at this very sad time.”

Bodmer was also a member of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and president Mark Rogers and chair Gavin Jones paid their own tribute.

“The tributes paid this week reflect his high standing right across the sector and that he worked incredibly hard to improve social care both in Norfolk and across the country,” they said.

“It is a tragic and untimely loss to public service of a truly caring and lovely man.”

Cliff Jordan, leader of Norfolk County Council, said: “I cannot think of a single man who has risen to the top of his profession as Harold did this year and been so universally liked. He was the very epitome of public service and of the caring professions. It goes without saying that our thoughts are with his family at this very distressing time.”

According to reports, Bodmer joined Norfolk County Council as assistant director for adult social services in 2003, becoming director in 2006. He leaves a wife and three children.

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