Tributes have poured in for a former council leader described as a ‘loyal servant’ to Warrington.
Labour’s Burtonwood and Winwick borough councillor Cllr Terry O’Neill, who was in his early 70s, passed away on Sunday night after a short illness.
The North West Labour Party labelled it is a ‘sad day’ for the Labour movement and for Warrington to lose ‘such a committed public servant’.
A spokeswoman said: “Terry dedicated his life to working hard for his town and his achievements can be seen by people in Warrington every day as they go about their lives.
“Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues who will be heartened by the tributes he has received from the town that he loved so much.”
Directly elected mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson was among those to share his memories of his time with Cllr O’Neill.
In a tweet, he said his ‘good friend’ was a ‘champion’ of Warrington and its people.
Warrington South MP Faisal Rashid also took to social media to pay his respects.
On Facebook, he said: “I am feeling so sad to hear about the death of Cllr Terry O’Neill.
“He was a true gentleman with passion for Warrington.
“He will always be remembered and may his soul rest in peace.”
On Twitter, Warrington North Tory candidate Wendy Maisey said Cllr O’Neill was ‘well respected’ and ‘worked so hard for all residents’ of Warrington.
She added: “Everyone in local politics has a nice story to tell about Terry.”
Warrington Conservatives tweeted: “We are very sorry to hear this sad news, Terry O’Neil was a passionate advocate for Warrington and its people and a tremendous public servant.
“We send our sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues at this time.”
Cllr Bob Barr, leader of the town’s Liberal Democrats, says Cllr O’Neill will be greatly missed.
He said: “Terry O’Neill’s sudden death after a short illness has come as a shock to all his friends, colleagues and family. It is hard to imagine Warrington without him.
“He was a loyal servant to his town and at his best when working collaboratively behind the scenes in the best interests of its residents.”