Tributes have been paid after the death of former Limavady councillor Leslie Cubitt who passed away aged 75 on Wednesday after illness.
The father-of-two was first elected to Limavady Council in 2001 as a DUP councillor and again in 2005. In later years, he joined the United Unionist Coalition. He ran as an independent candidate in the 2011 local government election, but failed to get elected.
Leslie was a firebrand, but he was very public spirited and he had a heart of gold.Former SDLP Colr. Michael Coyle
Former SDLP Councillor Michael Coyle served on Limavady Council with Leslie Cubitt for a number of years.
“Leslie was a firebrand, but he was very public spirited and he had a heart of gold, and I extend my symptahy to his wife and family,” said Mr Coyle.
Causeway Coast and Glens TUV Colr. Boyd Douglas said he was saddened about the death of his “good friend”.
“He did a lot of good work for individuals in the borough, and he was always very enthusiastic about the work he carried out on behalf of ratepayers. He wasn’t afraid to express his views,” said Colr. Douglas, “and I’d like to express my sympathies to his wife Maureen and the family circle at this very sad time.”
Former Sinn Fein Colr. Anne Brolly also served with Leslie Cubitt on Limavady Borough Council.
“Despite our differences of opinion, and our different political outlooks, Leslie Cubitt and I remained friends throughout our tenure on Limavady Council. He was a man who did great work in the community and he worked tirelessly for people in the borough. Leslie was a unionist, but he was never sectarian. I extend my condolences to Maureen and the family,” said Mrs Brolly.
DUP Colr. Alan Robinson expressed condolences on social media, via Facebook, writing: “Saddened to learn this morning that our former Limavady Council colleague and DUP Councillor, Leslie Cubitt has passed away. Towards my family, he had a heart of gold which was proven many times ... Yet another of our town’s characters gone.”
Former Limavady Ulster Unionist Colr. Edwin Stevenson said: “Leslie Cubitt was a larger than life figure and, in later years - even when he was off council - I grew to admire him. He was a man who always spoke his mind and you knew were you stood with him, and I admired that because it’s something you rarely get from politicians. He was an extremely kind and generous man, and a real family man. I extend my sympathies to his wife Maureen and the entire family circle.”
During his time in Council, Leslie Cubitt sat on the committee of Ballykelly Community & Youth Association for several years. Chairperson Tina McCloskey said: “I am really saddened to hear Leslie has died because he did a lot of work for Ballykelly for many years. He was always there to help and support us. I could ask him for anything, and he always used to say ‘what are you looking for now?’ because I was always looking for something, and he always delivered. My sympathies to Maureen and the family.”
The funeral will take place at 1pm on Saturday at Drumachose Presbyterian Church in Limavady.