Former Sandwell Council leader Bill Thomas OBE dies in Wales 26th March 2010
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BILL Thomas OBE, the former Rowley councillor and the longest running ever leader of Sandwell Council, has died.
The current leader of Sandwell Council Councillor Darren Cooper led the tributes as news of his death at his home in his native Wales was announced.
He said: "It is with great sadness that we hear of the death of Bill Thomas.
"It is impossible to overlook the huge contribution Bill made to the borough of Sandwell.”
He said: "Leading the council for the best part of a decade, Bill oversaw dramatic improvements in our education achievements and wide-ranging regeneration projects that will improve life for current and future generations in the borough.”
He added: "And this is not to mention his long-standing work in the health service, which earned him an OBE.
Everybody dies. Life is a vale of tears. Even so, my sincere condolences to those who cared about the man.