Death of Norfolk County Council director Harold Bodmer has “ripped the heart” out of County Hall

Harold Bodmer, executive director of Norfolk County Council's adult social services department, has

Harold Bodmer, executive director of Norfolk County Council's adult social services department, has died. - Credit: Archant

The sudden death of Norfolk County Council's director of adult social services has 'ripped the heart' out of the authority, according to a former County Hall leader.

Harold Bodmer, 61, died after collapsing at a meeting of the council's health and social care executive at County Hall last Wednesday. Healthcare staff at the meeting and emergency crews tried to revive him, but he could not be brought round.

And, at a full council meeting yesterday, there was a minute's silence, emotional tributes and prayers for Mr Bodmer's family.

Former council leader, Labour's George Nobbs, said: 'When I heard the news, I felt the heart has been ripped out of Norfolk County Council and I still feel that way. At the council the next day, you could see the effect it has had on everybody who works here.'

Mr Bodmer, who had been made president of national body the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) in April, had been gearing up to retire from his county council post.

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Conservative Bill Borrett said: 'I am just so sad for him and his family that he did not get to enjoy his retirement. I feel terribly sorry for them.'

Mr Bodmer leaves his wife Julie, daughter Holly, and sons Joel and Sam.

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Council leader Cliff Jordan said Mr Bodmer was 'hugely respected', not only in Norfolk, but in the country, as evidenced by his role with ADASS.

He said: 'It is a huge shock to his colleagues, to us councillors and everyone who knew him.'

A book of condolence has been opened at County Hall for people to pay tribute to Mr Bodmer, who had worked in London and Cambridgeshire before joining Norfolk County Council in 2003.

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