Industry leaders from across the local government and care communities have been unanimous in their sorrow and recognition of the achievements of Harold Bodmer, president of the Association of Directors for Adult Social Services, who died yesterday.
ADASS vice president Margaret Willcox and immediate past president Ray James issued a statement today saying: “It is with great sadness that we announce the sad passing of our president, Harold Bodmer, yesterday.
“Many people today have used the words “such a lovely, honourable man” capturing how, in addition to his professionalism and expertise, his values, integrity, compassion, humility and warmth meant Harold was not only deeply respected but also held in great affection by so many people.
“Harold has made an enormous contribution to the people of Norfolk, to our Association and to the wider health and care sector. He has served ADASS as regional chair, then vice president before becoming president in April this year. His opening speech will be remembered by everyone who had the privilege to be there.
“Harold will be greatly missed, most of all, our thoughts and warmest wishes are with his wife and family at this very sad time. May he rest in peace.”
Sarah Pickup, deputy chief executive of the Local Government Association, said via Twitter: “Shocked and sad that Harold is no longer with us, he was a close and valued colleague and friend – a lovely man RIP.”
David Behan, chief executive and Andrea Sutcliffe, chief inspector of adult social care also expressed their sorrow: “We are shocked and deeply saddened by the news of Harold Bodmer’s untimely death. He was an honourable and decent man who cared deeply about people, especially those in need of support.
“In his too short months as ADASS president he had gained a reputation for straight-talking about the challenges facing social care and social work and only last week was highlighting the financial pressures affecting the sector.
“He will be sorely missed and our thoughts and sympathy are with his family, friends, colleagues and all who loved him.”
The Care & Support Alliance also issued a statement of support: “Shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of ADASS president, Harold Bodmer. Sincere condolences to family, friends and colleagues.”
ADASS later thanked its friends in the industry for their kind words: “Overwhelmed by the lovely tributes coming in for our President, Harold Bodmer. Thank you so much for all your kind words at this sad time,” it responded.