Family pay tribute to former councillor
9:00am Fri Feb 17, 2017
Tributes have been paid to a man who helped establish a hydrotherapy pool at the old Balderton Hospital.
Fred Mortimore worked to get a hydrotherapy pool built at the former Balderton Hospital.
Fred Mortimore worked to get a hydrotherapy pool built at the former Balderton Hospital.
Mr Fred Mortimore, a former Labour Balderton parish and Newark and Sherwood district councillor, died on Tuesday, aged 84.

The retired physiotherapist, of Wordsworth Drive, Balderton, worked for 18 years at the hospital as a remedial gymnast and then a physiotherapist, assisting the movement of people living with mental disabilities.

Mr Mortimore was a founder member of the village’s business club, a governor at The Grove School, Balderton, in the 1980s and a keen gardener. He enjoyed mountain climbing and once saw success at an international climbing championship in Leeds.

His daughter, Major Jane Mortimore, who also served on the parish council, said: “Anyone who knew Balderton Hospital knew my father. He was well-known for his work.

“My father was a born gardener and he kept an immaculate garden right up until three or four days before he went into hospital.”

Councillor for more than three decades

Born in Devon, Mr Mortimore served with the Army in Cyprus as a physical training instructor. He met his future wife of more than 50 years, Maureen, while working as a beach lifeguard there.

The couple moved to Balderton, in the 1970s so he could work at the hospital.

He was elected to represent Balderton on Newark and Sherwood District Council in 1979 and served three terms, the last from 1995 to 1999.

Mr Mortimore was a parish councillor for more than three decades and served his final year as chairman, before stepping down, in 2008. His wife died shortly afterwards.

As well as working to establish the hydrotherapy pool at Balderton Hospital, he played a part in keeping Balderton Lake open to the public and helped to create the basketball court at Balderton playing field and the community centre on Coronation Street.

Mr Mortimore leaves his sister, Margaret; children, Mrs Suzanne Hunt, Major Mortimore, Mr Mark Mortimore and Mr Chris Mortimore; grandchildren Jessica, Tom, Laura, Aimee, Tamara, Charlotte, Harry, Melissa, Rachel, Travis and Emma; and 11 great-grandchildren.

The couple’s daughter, Kathryn Mortimore, died in 2011.

Enquiries about funeral arrangements should be made to E. Gill and Sons, Newark, on 01636 677461.

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