Tributes after death of Higham Ferrers councillor

Cllr George Whiting
Cllr George Whiting

Tributes have been paid following the death of a popular councillor.

Cllr George Whiting was elected to Higham Ferrers Town Council in 2011 and has represented Chichele Ward since then.

He was also mayor of Higham Ferrers for 2014-15, but died unexpectedly on Friday, May 8.

News of his death came as many of his friends and colleagues were awaiting the district council election results on Friday evening.

Cllr Steven North, leader of East Northamptonshire Council, said: “This is devastating and unexpected news.

“We’re still trying to take it in.

“I can only imagine how his family, especially his wife Pam and his children Tracey and Sharon are feeling.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this sad time.

“George was a highly respected and experienced councillor and mayor.

“He was also very active with the local church community and enjoyed a lengthy career in the caravan industry.

“He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.”

The spokesman added that councillors and staff extend their sincere condolences to George’s family and many friends.

A spokesman for Higham Ferrers Town Council said: “It was with great sadness that the town council and staff received the news of the death of Mayor George Whiting.

“He had served as a councillor since 2011 and mayor since May 2014, and was due to serve another term of office.

“George was an active member of the community and will be missed by many.

“He was church warden at St Mary’s Church, Higham Ferrers, as well as a bell ringer.

“Over the years he had been involved in football and cricket in the town and was still on the committee for the United Counties Football League.”

Cllr Derek Lawson MBE, leader of Higham Ferrers Town Council, said: “George was a very pro-active mayor and represented Higham Ferrers with great dignity and enthusiasm.

“He and his wife Pam, as mayoress, did a wonderful job for our town and our thoughts are with Pam and her family during this very difficult time.”