TRIBUTES have been paid to a former chairman of Mansfield District Council who has died following a battle with bowel cancer.
Ron Spate, of Albert Street, Mansfield Woodhouse, was also a well- known and well-liked councillor in the area for many years.
Coun Spate followed his wife Fay into the chairman’s seat at Mansfield Civic Centre before retiring in May 2001.
He died aged 79 on 16th March.
When Coun Spate retired as chairman he was presented with a medal and an album of photographs of the events and functions he has attended as chairman over the year.
Coun Spate recalled some of his more humorous experiences in office, such as being left on the pavement as his chauffeur drove off to an important engagement, thinking the chairman was comfortably in the back seat.
He also told the tale of three stick-wielding teenagers who gatecrashed the Civic Sunday event and gleefully joined the dignitaries for the lavish spread afterwards.
He thanked the staff of the chairman‘s office for their support and told councillors: “I‘ve been very proud that you chose me to be your ambassador for the past 12 months.
“It was a privilege and I really have enjoyed it.”
John Allin, county councillor for Warsop, thinks Ron will be sorely missed.
He added: “There will be a lot of people who remember him fondly.
“He was a long standing councillor and worked very hard for Mansfield and so did his wife Fay.
“They both managed to get a lot done. He was very well liked.”
Mansfield Woodhouse councillor Joyce Bosnjak said: “Ron was definitely a councillor of the ‘old school’.
“He was a real character and was very committed to the community he served.
“He will be a great loss to Mansfield Woodhouse.”
The funeral takes place at St Edmund’s Church in Mansfield Woodhouse tomorrow (Wednesday) at 11am.