A former councillor in Sutton has tragically died after a long battle with his illness.

David Theobald, former independent councillor for St Helier ward, sadly passed away at the age of 63, on August 1 2021.

Popular and adored by many, the former councillor leaves behind his wife of 41-years, and his three sons Paul, Robert and George.

Mr Theobald, who was dubbed the 'rock’n’roll' councillor, due to his known passion for music, died after a "lengthy period of illness" caused by his long-term medical conditions including Crohn’s Disease.

Born in Streatham Vale on July 2, 1958, the family man spent most of his life in Carshalton and eventually became a local councillor there between 2005 and 2010, first for Liberal Democrats and later as an independent.

His family have paid a heartfelt tribute to him following his passing.

“As well as his political work, music, was a huge part of his life," his son Paul Theobald told the Sutton Guardian.

"Playing guitar since he was young, he worked extensively in the music industry, promoting hundreds of gigs across London and the UK."

“He passed on his love of music to his children, myself, and Robert.

"He taught me guitar and we used to play together a lot. We were able to share many a stage at various prestigious venues in London which I know dad enjoyed."

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He added: “Dad wanted to help people, and he tirelessly worked around the clock doing so.

"He put on many charity events to raise money, primarily for Autism, as George, his third son is seriously afflicted.

"This included swimming with sharks, skydiving and even a sponsored drinkathon which resulted in a sensory unit for autistic children at Eagle House School, Mitcham, being named in his honour.”

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Speaking about her doting husband, his wife Carole said: “David and I were always happy and content in one another's company from the very beginning.

"He was well read, knew something about everything, witty and made me laugh.

"He was able to come up with solutions to problems and the love of his family always came first.”

His son, Robert described him to always be "positive and upbeat, whatever life threw at him."

"He had an array of goals and passions, which he managed to both achieve and enjoy throughout his life," said Robert.

"If he is looking back now, I’m sure he would have no regrets.

"Dad set out to live his life how he wanted, helping others along the way.”