Republican Town Committee Chairman Adam Grippo shared this statement Wednesday:
It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Republican Town Councilor Ann Giddings. The town of Cheshire has lost a wonderful person and public servant. Our thoughts and our prayers are with Ann’s family.
Ann was a tremendous asset to the town. As a former school principal, curriculum supervisor, assistant superintendent and acting superintendent she brought a deep understanding to the education system and to the budgeting process.
Ann served as the chairman of the CheshireEnvironmental Commission and also served as a member of the board of directors for the Cheshire Land Trust.
She will be missed…
Cheshire Town Council Chairman Tim Slocum provided this tribute at the council's special meeting Tuesday night:
"We are all very saddened by the loss of our friend and Town Council colleague, Anne Giddings. We have worked together over the past year and a half doing what Anne was exceptionally qualified to do and very happy to do; serving her friends and neighbors in Cheshire, a town she felt very close to and very much a part of."
"Anne was very special in many ways. She loved the outdoors, loved her farm, she loved her church family. She was an advocate of energy savings and land conservation long before most paid much attention. We know she wouldn't waste a nickel on anything that couldn't be accounted for. She and Bob (Giddings, her husband) protected their beautiful piece of Cheshire farm with a permanent conservation easement to the Land Trust."
"Anne was the epitome of the good life and a life well lived. She worked hard as an educator and continued to tutor in her retirement. She advocated for good health, walking and biking everywhere. She made cookies for her colleagues. She was a loving wife to our friend Bob, she was a loving and caring mother and grandmother. She was a friend and teacher to so many. We will miss her."
Board of Education member Tony Perugini also offered his condolences Tuesday, "I'm deeply saddened by her passing and I believe we lost one of the most unselfish human beings I've ever met."
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Editor's note: Giddings' obituary can be seen in the pdf document attached to this article.