Tributes have been paid to former Truro town clerk Russell Holden who passed away on March 1 at the age of 73.

In a statement, Truro City Council said: “We were very sorry to learn of the passing of the former town clerk Russell Holden.

“During his time at Truro City Council, Russell was both parks officer and latterly, town clerk.

“He was a northerner and very proud of his roots, and was delighted to find that his humour, skills and talents struck a chord with the town that he unreservedly committed himself to. 

“His contributions are very visible in the town today.  He was instrumental in the establishment of Truro Skate Park, and saw the setting-up of the Truro Business Improvement District.

“He was a keen sportsman and during his leadership, Boscawen Park became a hub for various sports, including tennis and football.

“He also encouraged the relocation of the Visitor Information Centre from the foyer of City Hall to the shop next door on Boscawen Street.

“Highly regarded by the horticultural profession, Russell was a plantsman at heart, and Truro owes the variety and quality of its green environment to him. 

“Russell was also a champion and supporter of every member of staff, all who will hold very fond memories of working with him. 

“Our thoughts are with his wife, Sandra, and the rest of the family at this very sad time.”

There have been plenty of tributes on social media to him.

Stuart Roden said: “He leaves a lasting legacy that will benefit generations to come.

“Russell wasn’t born in Truro but made a huge and lasting contribution to the City that he loved and was a great “Truronian”.”

Mark Holden said: “He absolutely loved the city, its community and its potential. He worked hard to make it the best it could be. 

“I have fond memories of putting out the chairs on a Sunday in Victoria Gardens for the brass bands and serving teas and juice from the caravan. Setting up for the family fun days at Boscawen Park and racing up the grand stairs at city hall to his office.”

Angela Williams added: “A great man of Truro, true to his word always, who did so much good for the city and left his mark.”