Sad death of Councillor John Colebrook
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Councillor John Colebrook who died yesterday, December 26, aged 75.
Cllr Colebrook was a serving ward member for Humberston/New Waltham, the very last mayor of Great Grimsby Borough Council in 1995-96 and was mayor of North East Lincolnshire in 2009-10.
Councillor Keith Brookes, leader of the Conservative Group, said Cllr Colebrook's passing marked the end of an era in North East Lincolnshire, adding: "Cllr Colebrook was a long serving member of both this authority and Great Grimsby Borough Council and during that time he worked hard for whichever ward he served. He was well respected for being outspoken and he did not fear standing up and speaking out for the people he represented."
Councillor Chris Shaw, leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, said he was saddened by the news. He said: "Cllr Colebrook had immeasurable civic pride and was a huge credit to this authority and previously to Great Grimsby Borough Council. When he was mayor of North East Lincolnshire you couldn't have had a better person for the role. He was apolitical and very fair in his job. We always had great pleasure working with him. He took great interest and pride in everything he did."
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Councillor Andrew de Freitas, leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, said: "Cllr Colebrook is one of the longest serving members of the council and has made a major contribution to the area. He had been ill for some months and it's very sad to hear he has died. My thoughts are with his family and his wife."
Councillor Mike Burton, mayor of North East Lincolnshire, said: "It's a sad loss to the council and a sad loss to the family. All our sympathy goes to his family and friends."
Details of the funeral service to follow.