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Tenerife loses an illustrious son 

Ricardo Tavío Peña, 1946-2014

Tenerife Cabildo has led tributes to former councillor and tourism leader, Ricardo Tavío Peña, an “illustrious son” of the island who died on January 5th, aged 67.

He has been described as a great person, friendly, hard-working and someone “who gave everything to this earth”.

Cabildo president, Carlos Alonso expressed his sorrow at the death of Ricardo Tavío who received the honour of “Hijo Ilustre” on June 18th, 2013. The ceremony recognised his personal and professional history and his special involvement in tourism, culture and sport.

Sr. Alonso recalled the day he took office as president of Tenerife Cabildo on September 16th, 2013 when he had used Ricardo Tavio’s own words of that special day of June 18th. “Ser persona, lo demás no interesa” means “Be a person, nothing else interests him” which Sr. Alonso felt perfectly described the great man’s character and philosophy. His life was characterised by openness, by listening to others and seeking consensus. He performed all his tasks with commitment and responsibility, especially to those related to tourism in his time as a Cabildo councillor.

“He was above all a great person which is ultimately the most important value in life,” said Sr. Alonso.

Ricardo Tavio, he said, had spent a lifetime defending the interests of Tenerife and he wanted to convey con-dolences to his family and friends on behalf of the whole island.

Ricardo Tavío Peña (Santa Cruz de Tenerife, March 12th, 1946) was a member of the Cabildo from 1983-1987 and 1987-1991, representing the Association of Tenerife Independents. He occu-pied many positions on the Tourist Board and was always noted for his rhetoric and conciliatory approach.

He was president of the South CIT between 1980 and 1988 and amongst awards he received was the CIT’s Gold Medal.

In his time, he was also a talented athlete and basketball player and was involved in the world of boxing, swimming, athletics and handball. He also contributed much to the world of culture, especially with the Tene-rife Association of the Friends of the Opera and participated in choirs from various societies of the island.