Friends and colleagues have paid tribute to West Lindsey District Councillor William Parry, who passed away last week.
Cllr William Parry, 71, of Gainsborough, was recently diagnosed with a brain tumour, but passed away at his home on Tuesday December 3.
The former Chairman of the Council, who represented the Scotter ward, will be 'greatly missed' by his fellow councillors and those he served in the community.
Leader of West Lindsey District Council, Cllr Jeff Summers said: "The news of William's passing was a big shock. Amazingly he continued to represent his electorate to the end.
“William was a pillar of integrity; he was not only a friend but a man which everyone could rely on. He was highly respected throughout his business and career as a councillor.
"An astute man of few words who was always lovingly supported by his wife Janet and family.
“Our good friend William will be missed enormously for what he was and his unquestionable beliefs. A finer man you will never meet.”
In his honour, a flag is flying at half-mast at the Guildhall, Gainsborough, which is the headquarters for the district council. It will remain flying until after his funeral.
Cllr Parry will be ‘sadly missed’ by all his fellow councillors and the members of the community, who he served for almost 15 years.
Cllr David Cotton said: “During William’s year as Chairman, I lost my father and I shall never forget the kindness and support William offered at that time, including attendance at the funeral as chairman.
“I hope now to be able to reciprocate that kindness and support Janet and the family at this sad time. I shall hold William and his family in prayer and pray for the repose of his soul, may he rest in peace and rise in glory.”
Cllr Parry was first elected in May 1998 to represent the Forest Ward, which later merged with and became part of the Scotter Ward.
Since May, he served as Vice Chairman of Prosperous Communities Committee.
He was also a member of the Taxi & General Licensing Sub-Committee, the Housing Appeals Board as well as numerous Working and Task and Finish Groups.
He was awarded Chairman of the Council from May 2011 to May 2012.
Cllr Diana Rodgers said: “He was a gentle-man in every sense of the word. He brought a calm dignity to the office of Chairman, and will be fondly remembered by us all.”
Fellow councillor, Geoff Wiseman said Cllr Parry will be missed: “Dorothy and I pass on our thoughts to his family.”
Cllr Mick Tinker said Janet and his family are in his prayers.”
The funeral will be held on Monday December 16.