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Rushmoor councillor and mayor-elect dies after coronavirus diagnosis

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Rushmoor councillor and mayor-elect dies after coronavirus diagnosis

Published by Lettie Buxton at 1:00pm 31st March 2020. (Updated at 3:09pm 31st March 2020)

Tributes have poured in after it was announced Rushmoor borough councillor and mayor-elect Frank Rust has died.

He passed away after being diagnosed with coronavirus.

Fellow councillor and leader of the Labour group, Keith Dibble, has confirmed that Frank Rust was a patient at Frimley Park hospital when he lost his life.

Cllr Dibble said it was with "great sadness" he shared the news:

"It such a shock and happened so quickly that we are struggling to come to terms with the news.

"Frank, Carol, Karl and Anna have been close friends to Susan Dibble and myself since we all moved to Aldershot around the same month in 1979.

"He served as Mayor of Rushmoor in 2003-04 and was due to have a second term of office as Mayor in the forthcoming municipal year.

"Frank was involved in many local and national organisations and was a highly popular and respected figure.

"He held many senior posts in the NHS, education, the Labour Party, Town Twinning, the local allotment society.

"Not forgetting his passion for the mighty THFC.

"But above all he was a good and loyal friend and will be sadly missed by so many people."

Staff at Rushmoor Borough Council added that their thoughts are with Frank's loved ones.

Member of Parliament for Aldershot, Leo Docherty said:

"Frank Rust's sudden passing is tragic news for Rushmoor.

"He will be remembered as a fine public servant and lifelong champion for our community, particularly for North Town in Aldershot where he lived and served diligently as local councillor for over 20 years. 

"He will be sorely missed.

"My thoughts are with his wife, Carol and their family at this incredibly difficult time."

Tributes from the community have flooded in on social media: