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Supporter of CAB dies at 63

PUBLISHED: 07:37 06 February 2010 | UPDATED: 11:10 07 July 2010

A respected and committed supporter of the Citizen's Advice Bureau in north Norfolk, Jim Wallace, has died at the age of 63.

Mr Wallace died suddenly on January 20 at his home in Wells where he had lived with his partner Catherine for 18 years.

A respected and committed supporter of the Citizen's Advice Bureau in north Norfolk, Jim Wallace, has died at the age of 63.

Mr Wallace died suddenly on January 20 at his home in Wells where he had lived with his partner Catherine for 18 years.

In 1993, he was appointed manager of the newly-formed Fakenham and District CAB, which he had been instrumental in founding.

The bureau started in an attic above offices in Bridge Street in Fakenham and moved to portable offices on a nearby car park before relocating to its current base at the town's community centre in 1996.

Mr Wallace successfully ran and greatly expanded the service to his community and incorporated the Wells bureau as a partner.

Brenda Coldrick, chairman of the Fakenham CAB's trustee board, said: “He knew everything about the bureau and had an enormous sense of fun - always regaling us with tales of what he had done in the past. But he was also a very private man, and very organised in the way he managed his life and his job.

“He was a good friend, and a very loyal and committed man.”

Mr Wallace had a long history of social enterprise, having helped complete a book on mental health and serving as an elected member of Harborough District Council in Leicestershire in 1983.

He was also the mayor of Lutterworth from 1986-87 and encouraged the opening of CABs in the area.

Mr Wallace's hobbies included sailing, walking his dog and his big passion of rally driving.

The funeral will take place at Mintlyn Crematorium in King's Lynn on February 10 at 2.30pm. Mr Wallace's family has requested no flowers but, if desired, donations can be made to the CAB c/o S. T. Sutton Funeral Directors, Burnt Street, Wells.

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