Betty Rodrigues OBE RIP
It is with deep sadness and regret that this Association notes the recent passing of Mrs Betty Rodrigues OBE.
Betty had been involved with the Horsham Conservative Association since moving to Horsham back in 1960.
Over the years, she held a number of positions within the Conservative Party and not just in Horsham. She was involved with what is now known as the Conservative Women’s Organisation (CWO) including serving as the national chairman during the 1990s and during the era of the John Major government. It was for this service to the Party that she was awarded her OBE in the 1993 New Years Honours.
With our Association, she served as Chairman between 1997 and 2001 and then as President from 2011 until 2016. She remained a member of the Executive Council as an Honorary Vice President. Betty also served as a Trustee on behalf of the Association until she stepped down from that role in 2012.
She was also part of the campaign team that helped to win the Crawley seat when Sir Nicholas Soames first entered Parliament in 1983 and then subsequently helped in his re-election at successive general elections when this Association was also responsible for Crawley. Of course, she was also a key part of the Horsham team when both Sir Peter Hordern and Lord Francis Maude served as this constituency's MP. She was Chairman during the early part of Lord Maude's tenure as our Member of Parliament and was our President when Jeremy was selected to fight the Horsham seat for the first time in 2015.
She was married to her husband, David, for nearly 40 years before becoming widowed in 1992. Indeed, David also served as Chairman of this Association between 1979 and 1982 and President from 1989 until his untimely death three years later. They had three children together; Lisa, Jonathan and Alexander and six grandchildren.
There will be a memorial service arranged to remember her life at some point next year when we are all able to mix freely again. Many of us will want to remember Betty and pay our respects and members will be kept informed about when this will take place. Betty was a lovely lady and a great supporter of this Association for a very long time indeed and she touched many of our lives.
We will miss her greatly.