Tony Curry, a much-loved community volunteer and former Cirencester councillor, has passed away aged 76.
He was known for voluntarily cutting the grass at the roundabouts near Tetbury Road for seven years, earning him the nickname ‘Mr Roundabout’.
Tony, who lived in Cirencester for almost 45 years, passed away on Monday morning at 9am following a long battle with cancer.
Hundreds of tributes have been posted online, with many calling for a plaque on a roundabout in his honour.
Cotswold district councillor Richard Morgan said: “It is extremely sad news that Tony has lost his long fight with cancer. I know how much he loved Cirencester and he was a fantastic public servant the town.
“Tony worked hard as an elected councillor for Cirencester Park, and more recently as a popular resident who gave up his time for free to keep Cirencester looking good.
“I am sure he will be affectionately remembered as “Mr Roundabout” and our thoughts and best wishes go to his family and friends.”
The community rallied around Tony in 2015 when his trailer was stolen while cutting grass near the fire station, donating more than enough to cover the cost.
Cotswolds MP Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown said: “My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Judy and her family at this sad time. Tony was one of the most selfless people I have ever met, always prepared to help out his community or an individual in trouble.
“People like Tony are rare, always thinking about others never himself. Cheerful and with an enthusiasm which was infectious to others, he maintained this attitude when my wife and I recently visited him. He will be sorely missed by his family, many friends, and by the community that he served.”
Tony is said to have been delighted to hear that the roundabouts were being cut by other volunteers despite his absence toward the end of his life.