Tributes have been paid to a man who was passionate about providing sport and leisure provision for people with disabilities and disadvantaged youngsters.
Chris Tull, from Ramsgate, worked as a Thanet council senior leisure officer for many years, leading the TDC Sport Matters team and ensuring safe playgrounds with disability access on the isle.
The much-loved son, uncle and great-uncle passed away on December 23. He was in his 70s.
Chris was a founding member and ex chairman of TADSAD – Thanet And District Sporting Association for the Disabled- which he gave more than 30 years of his life to as a volunteer, changing lives by giving people new skills, fun and a place to meet and make friends.
Chris’s family said: “The Tull family are devastated by the loss of Christopher (Chris), a loving son, brother, uncle and great uncle.
“Chris was a talented planner, organiser and problem-solver, plus he had many practical, hands-on talents. He enjoyed his job as Senior Leisure Officer at Thanet District Council and was responsible for many aspects of work including the installation of modern and safe children’s playgrounds where he ensured access for the disabled.
“Chris’s concern for those in need inspired him over 35 years ago to form TADSAD, a volunteer-run club where those with disabilities could enjoy sports in a friendly environment twice a week.
“In his spare time, Chris loved working on classic cars; he had an encyclopaedic memory regarding makes, models, specs and more. Outgoing and positive, Chris was always happy to help and would do anything for anyone.
“Chris embodied so many virtues and we are all very much better for having him in our lives. As Chris’s family mourn his passing, they are comforted by the kind words and support from those whose lives he touched.”
Colleagues at TADSAD say they will work determinedly to continue Chris’s legacy with TADSAD,
A spokesperson said: “We are devastated with the news of Chris’ passing, having worked alongside him for so many years.
“We have all witnessed the great impact Chris had on young/vulnerable peoples lives. Sadly, when lockdown hit us we had to close and this is when Chris stepped back from his role as Chairman.
“We are working tirelessly to reopen and continue the legacy that Chris embarked on over 35 years ago.”
Chris’s funeral will held be on Thursday 19th January, St Luke’s Church, Ramsgate, at noon,
This will be followed by committal at Thanet Crematorium and then returning to St Luke’s for a wake to remember Chris.
People are welcome to remain at St Luke’s and wait for family and friends to return if they feel they don’t want to attend the crematorium.
Family flowers only is requested but there will be donations on the day to a chosen charity in Chris’s memory.
Black attire is not required and people are asked to feel free to wear colours they think Chris would enjoy.
such a lovely man, its a shame that your reporters and paper added to his anxiety by reporting on the state of his house.
Wasn’t this paper if you are referring to the ‘overgrown hedge’ story. We didn’t run that, not even when Thanet council added to his distress by sending enforcement in. As it happens I knew Chris for many years