Published on:19 April 2016
Tributes have been paid to the former leader of Enfield Council, Jeff Rodin, who died on Saturday morning (16 April).
Mr Rodin was the leader of Enfield Council between 1994 and 1999 and was a long serving ward councillor, representing Bowes Ward for 24 years between 1986 and 2010.
Enfield Council Leader, Cllr Doug Taylor, said: “Jeff Rodin was a highly influential figure who was dedicated to improving the lives of local people and creating a better Enfield. He will be fondly remembered by officers and Councillors who worked with him during his time in office, and by many people in the borough.
“Jeff cared passionately about doing the right thing and campaigned and worked tirelessly on behalf of the poor, the voiceless and the defenceless. He was a conviction politician of the highest order and transformed the lives of thousands of people during his lifetime.
“He continued to strive for a fairer Enfield after stepping down from the Council through his work with Enfield Citizens Advice Bureau and other local and national charities. His involvement with Enfield Community Transport which included everything from acting as a volunteer driver through to carrying out his duties as a Trustee and Treasurer demonstrated the commitment and passion he brought to all his activities. His passing is an enormous loss to the borough and our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.”
Jeff was born in 1950 and spent his childhood in Hackney and then Harrow. He studied Politics and Sociology at the University of Birmingham between 1968 – 1971 and while there became involved in a variety of political activities such as the Anti Apartheid Movement, and opposition to the Vietnam War.
After he graduated, he joined the Inland Revenue and became a Tax Inspector after three years training, a post he held for nearly 40 years until his retirement in 2011. During the course of his career he was the officer In charge of a number of different tax offices including Kings Cross, Finchley, Tottenham, Barking and Dagenham, Hendon and North London Area which covered the London Boroughs of Enfield, Barnet and Haringey.
He lived and worked in Birmingham from 1971 – 1978 and then in London from 1978 until his retirement. Jeff became very active politically in 1979, and elected to Bowes ward on Enfield Council between 1986 – 2010.
During that period he was the Deputy Leader of the opposition on the Council between 1987 -1989, Leader of the Opposition from 1989 – 1994, and again from 2005 – 2010, he was Leader of the Council from 1994 -1999.
Jeff became a Trustee of Enfield Citizens’ Advice Bureau (ECAB) in 2008 and was elected as Chair of the Trustees in 2010.
As well as his involvement with ECAB, Jeff was a volunteer driver, Trustee and Treasurer of Enfield Community Transport, a local charity, and a volunteer driver for another local charity, BEVAD.
He also did charity work for the national charity “Tax Help for Older People” and Enfield Over 50s’ Forum.
Jeff is survived by his wife, three children and three grandchildren.