The family of a “well-respected” councillor who passed away in November have paid tribute to the “vibrant and inspiring” husband, father and grandfather.

Bucks County Council held a one-minute silence during a meeting on Thursday (February 21) as a tribute to councillor Chaudhary Ditta after he passed away on November 21 last year.

Chairman of the council, Cllr Netta Glover, read out a heartfelt letter sent by Cllr Ditta’s family to the council – thanking members for their “unrivalled support and prayers during this difficult time”.

They praised their “remarkable” father who “dealt with every situation with a calm and unbiased composure” and was able to “look at the positive in every situation”.

The family wrote: “We cannot begin to express the depth of love that we have for our beloved father, who was also a loving husband and a fantastic grandfather.

“He was a remarkable man who dealt with every situation with a calm and unbiased composure. Dad had many keen and varied interests.

“He enjoyed watching the cricket and playing with his grandkids – telling them wonderful stories and watching them grow.

“All his hard worked and efforts are evidenced in all the heart-warming articles, comments that we have had from everyone who was fortunate enough to meet such a vibrant and inspiring man that we are lucky and proud to call our dad.

“Nothing will ever fill this massive void in our hearts and lives but dad always had this brilliant way of looking for a positive in every situation, and so we will honour him by doing the same.”

The East Wycombe Independent councillor represented the ward of Totteridge and Bowerdean alongside Cllr Julia Wassell.

He was first elected on to the county council in May 2005 and was re-elected a further three times. He was also a member of Wycombe District Council from 2003 to 2015 and served as the mayor of High Wycombe from 2011 to 2012.