Tributes paid to Cllr Lynn Clare MBE
Cheshire West and Chester Council is mourning the loss of a respected, long-serving councillor who sadly passed away over the weekend.
Flags at its HQ building in Chester as well as at its offices in Ellesmere Port, Winsford and Chester Town Hall were been lowered to half-mast on Monday in tribute.
Cllr Lynn Clare MBE represented Ellesmere Port since 2011 and was first elected to Cheshire West and Chester Council in May 2008.
She was born and brought up in the Wolverham area of Ellesmere Port, joined the Royal Navy at 17 and stayed in the service until her marriage in 1968.
Cllr Clare served on a number of committees and also held many important roles including as Mayor of Ellesmere Port in 2015/16.
In addition, Cllr Clare was awarded an MBE in 2004 after establishing the charity Parents Against Drug Abuse (PADA) for which she worked for 15 years.
Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Charlie Seward paid tribute to Cllr Clare: “Everyone at the Council is saddened by the tragic news of Cllr Clare’s death and we are all thinking of her and her family.
“Cllr Clare was dedicated to serving her local community and worked tirelessly to make a positive difference to the lives of the people she was elected to represent.
“Being awarded an MBE for the work she did to tackle the problem of drug abuse was recognition for the passion she had for helping others.
“Lynn will be dearly missed.”
Cllr Samantha Dixon, leader of the council, expressed her sadness at the passing of Cllr Clare.
She commented: “Lynn was a marvellous woman, always positive; she laughed in the face of adversity and turned every negative into a success.
“I was privileged to put forward Lynn as Mayor of Ellesmere Port in 2015 and I cannot think of anyone who deserved the honour more, she was highly regarded, warmly respected, well-loved and passionate about Ellesmere Port.
“We have lost a strong, loyal dedicated and warm-hearted Councillor, and I have lost a dear friend.”
Cllr Lynn Riley, leader of the opposition also paid tribute to Cllr Clare: “Lynn will be sadly missed by many including her colleagues in the Conservative team, many of whom have known her since the creation of the council in 2008.
“Lynn has been an example to us all and her love of Ellesmere Port and her passion for its local people has always been at the heart of everything she did.”
Independent councillor Martin Barker, said: “I am really saddened to hear of the passing of Lynn.
“Lynn served on one of my committees and I have the utmost respect for her, it was always a pleasure to speak to her.
“She remained passionate about her constituents despite her illness, a very brave lady indeed, who will be sorely missed.”
Notable positions held:
Member and Chairman of Licensing Committee (which included Licensing Act Sub-Committee and General Licensing Sub-Committee)
Member of Ellesmere Port and Neston District Advisory Panel
Mayoress in 2012/13 to Councillor Pat Merrick
Armed Forces Member Champion – 2015/2016
Member of Ellesmere Port Charter Trustees
Deputy Mayor of Ellesmere Port – 2015/2016
Mayor of Ellesmere Port – 2016/2017 with Mrs Jenny Bateman as Mayoress
Previous member of Safeguarding Scrutiny Committee and Audit and Governance Committee