TRIBUTES are being paid to former Mayor of Warrington Cllr Sheila Woodyatt who died over the weekend, aged 80.
Cllr Woodyatt had represented Lymm on the parish council since 1979 and Warrington Borough Council since 1983.
Paying tribute fellow councillor Ian Marks said: “Sheila and I were both elected to the Parish Council in 1979 and to the Borough Council in 1983, so we have known each other a long time.
“We had our political differences but we were united in trying to do our best for the people we served. We worked together on the Parish Council for the people of Lymm and for the people of Warrington when she was on the Executive Board when I was Council Leader.
“Sheila did a huge amount to help people and her passing marks the end of an era. She will be greatly missed.”
Another fellow Lymm councillor Bob Barr, who recently assisted Sheila by giving her lifts to planning committee meetings, added: “It is with sadness that I heard of the death of my friend Sheila Woodyatt.
“I first met Sheila when I became a parent governor at Cherry Tree School in the 1980s where she was Chair. There I discovered how committed Sheila was to supporting the community in her own inimitable way.
“We often disagreed on many issues, sometimes vociferously and we were fierce political rivals. However, I admired Sheila’s strength of personality and was pleased to be able to help her in some of her Council duties as she became less mobile. I counted her as a friend.
“She will be greatly missed, but long remembered, by her constituents in Lymm.”
Former colleague Keith Bland, who along with his wife Sue, worked alongside Sheila on the borough council, said: “Both Sue and I were very sad to hear of Sheila’s death.
“I had known and worked with Sheila for many years at both County Council and Borough Council.In all the years.She always worked hard for the residents of Lymm and Warrington.Its an old cliche but she will be sadly missed. An end to an era!”
Sheila was Mayor of Warrington in 2000/2001 and received the MBE for her services to the community. Her husband Neville died in May last year. She had been suffering with poor health after recently suffering a stroke, followed by a fall.
Ed’s note: Having worked closely with Sheila since the start of my career I know she will be sadly missed by her family and many friends. She was the first councillor I ever photographed out on the campaign trail and was always ready to tackle any community issue. It is most certainly the end of an era and I know she gained respect from all political parties, none more so than when she was the lone Conservative on Warrington Borough Council.