THE Rotary Club of Ilminster have paid tribute to former president Roy Pickett.

Mr Pickett, who lived at Ilford in Ilminster and later on in Taunton, died on March 8, after a short illness.

His career started in the chemical industry - which took him all over the world. He then became regional director of the British Red Cross.

In 1991, he joined the Rotary Club of Ilminster and served as president in 2006. He also received a Paul Harris Fellowship.

Mr Pickett took part in a Rotary Exmoor Challenge in 2009 and raised £600 for Children's Hospice South West.

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"He continued to raise money for the British Red Cross for many years," said a spokesperson for the Rotary Club.

"He was also the driving force behind the interview practice given to the students at Wadham School - an enterprise from which thousands of pupils have benefitted.

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"Good company and universally liked, Roy will be greatly missed.

"On his retirement Roy expressed the determination to put something back into the community.

"Few have done more."