Sunday, April 2, 2023

Former mayor of Thurrock, Barrie Lawrence passes away

THE FORMER mayor of Thurrock, Barrie Lawrence has passed away.

South Ockendon resident Barrie was a councillor in Thurrock between 1988 and 2010. Barrie was mayor between 2001 and 2002.

He retired as a councillor soon after a serious fall on an icy stretch of pavement.

Barrie was a very popular, amicable and conscientious councillor with a diplomatic manner and a real commitment to his residents.

He was the role model for every councillor for his commitment to his residents and he was a role model to other councillors having such a likeable nature and diplomatic touch.

He was also heavily involved in the Thurrock Community Chest as well as the Thurrock Lions.

Former leader of Thurrock Council, cllr John Kent said: “Barrie was a hard working local councillor of the old school. He lived in South Ockendon and represented the community he lived in for many years until illness meant he was unable to continue.

“He was so proud to be mayor of Thurrock and worked tirelessly for the Royal British Legion. More than that he was a lovely, gentle man who will be sadly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family – especially his wife, Julie and daughter Emily.

The leader of Thurrock Council also added his own personal tribute. Cllr Rob Gledhill said: “This is very sad news and my sympathies are with his family.

“The work Barry did for Ockendon as a councillor will not be forgotten, neither will his fund raising for the Royal British Legion.

“Working with him over the years we were both councillors was a privilege. He would make clear his point without political rhetoric or raising his voice and even if you spent a whole meeting disagreeing with him as soon as the meeting was over it was like you were talking to an old friend.

“He will be sorely missed in Thurrock he was not only a champion of the residents he helped – he was a true gentleman.”


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