Tributes to Skegby councillor who died a year ago to Covid 19

Tributes continue to be paid to a popular Skegby Councillor Anthony Brewer on the first anniversary of his death.

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 11:53 am

Affectionately known as ‘Captain’ the chairman of Ashfield District Council died of Covid 19 at King’s Mill Hospital, on April, 7, 2020.

Coun Brewer was an Ashfield Independent Councillor for the Skegby ward for Ashfield District Council between 2015 and 2020.

He was a popular figure across Skegby where he lived with partner Pat Percival.

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Pictured Steve Larvin, owner of Larvin's Fruit and Veg Stall at Idlewells Market, celebrity chef Jean Paul Novelli, Councillors Jason Zadrozny and Samantha Deakin with Tony's partner Pat Percival at a Town Centre event in Sutton-in-Ashfield in 2019.

He served as a volunteer at the Welcome Treatment Centre at King’s Mill Hospital for many years and served refreshments to patients whilst they were receiving their treatment for cancer.

Coun Helen-Ann Smith, Deputy Leader of Ashfield District Council worked closely with Tony for years.

She said, “One year on, not a day goes by when I don’t think of our Tony. We worked so well together. He was passionate about cleaning up Skegby, and about road safety, he wanted to make Skegby a better place.

"Tony also campaigned against over development and championed investment in our parks and open spaces.”

Councillors Jason Zadrozny and Rachel Madden with Tony at the re-unveiling of the historic Naggs Head in Kirkby in March 2019.

Ashfield's Council Leader Jason Zadrozny said “Anthony fought till the end is a great loss to residents in Skegby, the Ashfield District and the Ashfield Independents.

"I knew Tony for over 10 years, even though it’s a year since he died I still can’t believe that Tony is no longer with us.

"We were proud recently to put a memorial stone in the garden near Kings Mill Hospital to remember Tony, our NHS heroes and those who lost their lives through Covid-19. The pain of losing such a good friend is shared by many across Ashfield."