Tributes have been paid to a former councillor described as hard-working, passionate and caring.
Paul Ainge was a Conservative councillor who represented the Croyland ward on Wellingborough Council from 2003 until he stood down in 2008 due to ill health.
He fought the cancer for several years, but recently lost his battle with the disease.
Cllr Paul Bell, who is now leader of Wellingborough Council, was chairman of the Wellingborough Conservatives group when Mr Ainge was elected.
He said: “Paul was a hard-working and passionate councillor.
“He cared for the people of Croyland, he went to a lot of meetings and did a lot of work for Croyland.”
Cllr Bell described Mr Ainge as quietly spoken and a ‘hard-working, caring ward councillor.’
He said Mr Ainge remained a member of the Conservative group after stepping down as a councillor and he used to go along to group functions, although he became less able to go to such events over time due to the cancer.
Mr Ainge lived on the Queensway estate with his wife Margaret.
Mr Ainge’s funeral is taking place at midday on Tuesday, December 22, at Kettering Crematorium.
Cllr Bell said he will be attending as well as representatives from the Conservative group and other councillors who knew and worked alongside him.
Anyone who knew Mr Ainge is welcome to attend the funeral.