THE wife of a former mayor and teacher who died on holiday has paid tribute to him.
Tony Cattermoul, who served Mold Town Council for almost 40 years and was mayor on three occasions, fell ill two weeks into a three-week break in France.
He spent nine weeks in three different French hospitals but died last Wednesday, aged 72.
His family said they believe pneumonia was a contributing factor to his death, but are unsure about the exact cause.
They said Mr Cattermoul had suffered with lung cancer two years ago, but there were no signs to suggest it had returned.
His wife of 48 years, Carolyn, described his death as “devastating”.
“He was a gentleman, very calm and kind,” she said.
“I can’t believe how many people in Mold were touched by him. I have had so many cards. People have been so kind. We are astounded at the community’s reaction to his death.”
Mrs Cattermoul, who has twice served as mayor of Mold and is a former county councillor, described the past nine weeks as being “absolutely exhausting”.
“He was in three different hospitals in France,” she said.“One of them was a two hour drive to get there.”
The couple, who both retired as town councillors in 2012, had known each other since they were children, before marrying and having two sons, Ian, 45 and Stephen, 44, and a daughter, Julie, 42, and five grandchildren.
As well as being a long-serving community leader, which saw him serve as the first mayor of Mold in the late 1970s, Mr Cattermoul was a history teacher. He spent the majority of his career at Alun School, Mold and St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School, Flint.
He was also heavily involved in the Abbeyfield Mold Society, the Mold Quiz League and the Mold and Civic District Society, as well as many other community groups and organisations.
The current mayor of Mold, Cllr Robin Guest, paid tribute to Mr Cattermoul at Wednesday’s town council meeting.
He told fellow councillors: “He died in very sad circumstances.”
Mr Cattermoul’s funeral will take place on Friday, November 1 at 10.30am at St Mary’s Parish Church, Mold. It will be followed by committal at Pentrebychan Crematorium, Wrexham.
The family have requested family flowers only. Anyone who wants to make a donation can do so in Mr Cattermoul’s memory to Abbeyfield Mold Society and Mold Community Car.