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Commemorations to mark councillor’s contribution to public life

Ernie White had shared love of nature and literature

Family of Ernie White at Stoney Stanton library

Family members, political figures and civic leaders have remembered county councillor Ernie White in commemorative events.

Mr White, 76, of Stoney Stanton, passed away in January 2018 after a lifetime in local politics with the commemoration also reflecting his love of nature and literature, particularly the works of American author John Steinbeck.

The commemorations started with a tree-planting ceremony in area off Arbor Road, Croft, which is being developed as a coppice in Mr White’s memory. 

The trees, specifically chosen by Mr White, include oak, alder and maple, as well as hazel, which can be recycled to provide stakes for hedge laying and material for furniture.

Following the tree planting, there was a visit to Stoney Stanton library to view a plaque, which also remembers Mr White, and includes a quotation from Steinbeck’s most renowned novel, The Grapes of Wrath.

Alongside the plaque, there are examples of Mr White’s own writing with the two books he penned – The Leicestershire Story, which captured the changes made to the county council following local government re-organisation in 1973, and A Chairman’s Year, his personal account of his time as chairman in 1995-96.

Mr White’s daughter, Sarah Hall, said: “As a family, we are touched that people want to commemorate our father’s contribution to his community. We are very proud of his achievements and think about him every day.”

Ernie’s legacy lives on through the approach by councils to promoting active lifestyles and more effective partnership working between local authorities and health. Above all, though, Ernie was a tower of strength in his local community where he worked tirelessly for the good of the communities of Stoney Stanton, Croft and other Fosse villages.

 

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