pillar of the community

pillar of the community

One who is a particularly active, respected, and influential member of one's local social sphere. My grandfather was a pillar of the community because of how many people his businesses employed. She was long considered a pillar of the community, so she won the mayoral election with ease.
See also: community, of, pillar

a pillar of soˈciety, etc.

a person who is respected in society, etc.; a person of importance: I couldn’t believe that a pillar of the community like him had been caught stealing from his employer.
See also: of, pillar
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A PENSIONER who died in an early morning van crash in Maerdy was a "pillar of the community" who loved pigeon racing.
"After 30 years he's still such a pillar of the community around here, and I just thought it would be nice if we could all come together," she said.
A 62-YEAR-OLD "pillar of the community" has dodged jail despite admitting to knifing 56 cars causing almost PS50,000 in damage.
A CHURCHWARDEN described as a "pillar of the community" has been found murdered in her home.
STUNNED neighbours last night paid tribute to a motherof-two and "pillar of the community" whose death sparked a murder investigation.
AROUND 15,000 mourners, including Muslim leaders from across the country, were in Birmingham to pay their final respects to a mosque founder and "pillar of the community".
"You view yourself as a pillar of the community," the judge told Reynolds.
She was a pillar of the community even during the time of Enoch Powell's 'Rivers of Blood' speech.
Curtis Restaurant Equipment, a 50-year-old company that today does business in all 50 states, received a Pillar of the Community Award from the Springfield Chamber of Commerce for its contributions to the community.
EMMERDALE Mon-Fri ITV1 How sad that a man of the cloth who was once such a pillar of the community, and a kind and compassionate guardian to his flock, has been reduced to sleeping on Rodney's sofa and is now one of the most reviled people in the village.
He said Kolokotroni was "an honest hard-working businessman, something of a pillar of the community", who had now lost his good name.
TRIBUTES were last night paid to a "lovely" former hairdresser and "pillar of the community" who died after a tragic accident at her home.
The school has been a pillar of the community for generations, according to neighborhood residents, educating students in music, dance, theater and the visual arts, while offering partial or full scholarships to students.
Keith Gasson, 67, from Cyncoed, Cardiff, attended evangelical church three times on a Sunday as well as during the week and was regarded as a pillar of the community.
Mahendra Dabhi, president of the temple and the Hindu Council Birmingham, described Mr Shah as a "pillar of the community".