Tribute to Deputy Richard Rondel
15th November 2018
States members have paid tribute to St. Helier Deputy Richard Rondel, who has died after a long illness. He passed away on the night of 14th November at the age of 54, under the care of Jersey Hospice.
Deputy Rondel was first elected to the States Assembly, on 14th November 2011, as the representative for St. Helier Number 3/4. He was re-elected to that district in 2014 and again in 2018, when he topped the polls.
In his first term Deputy Rondel was a member of the Public Accounts Committee and Corporate Scrutiny Panels. After the 2014 elections he was appointed Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and also served on the Planning Applications Panel, latterly the Planning Committee.
While serving as Assistant Minister, Deputy Rondel provided a useful link with the Parish, and was very supportive of the work of the Department. During his term of office, Richard saw the completion the St Peter’s Valley Path. He was extremely well respected by officers, very knowledgeable about the Island and provided valuable guidance in meetings.
Chief Minister, Senator John Le Fondré said: “My thoughts, and those of my States Assembly colleagues, are with Richard’s family and friends today. Richard served the island as a States Member with a compassionate approach and a clear sense of duty. He will be much missed by us all.”
Deputy Montfort Tadier paid tribute, saying “Today we have lost a respected, hard working colleague in Deputy Richard Rondel. He was a true gentleman; cheerful, approachable and compassionate. All our thoughts are with his close friends and family. We will miss you, Richard.”
Deputy Jess Perchard said, “My deepest condolences to the family of Deputy Richard Rondel… Such a loss to the new Assembly and Island.”
Reform Jersey also said, “We are so sad to hear that our friend and colleague Deputy Richard Rondel has passed away. He was one of the most genuine, hard working and compassionate people you could ever meet. It was a privilege to have worked with him. Our thoughts are with his friends and family.”
The Deputy was a keen advocate of Liberty Bus and was instrumental in increasing the number of bus shelters across the Island.
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