Newham Council observes silent tribute for former ceremonial mayor

28 February 2014 in Council and democracy and Mayor
A period of silence was observed at Newham’s full Council meeting on Monday (24 February) in tribute to former ceremonial mayor Fred York OBE who died in December aged 77 following illness.​
Former ceremonial mayor, Fred York
Fred, from Manor Park, was first elected by residents in Woodgrange ward in 1974 and then in Monega ward in 1982 where he served until 1994. He was ceremonial mayor for the municipal year 1987/88.

Councillor Amarjit Singh, Chair of the Council, said: “Fred was a very fair and sincere man. He was respected by those around him. During his mayoral year he represented Newham with great dignity.”

Mayor Sir Robin Wales added: “Fred worked hard on behalf of the residents he represented and many people benefited from the contributions he made to Newham. Our thoughts remain with his wife Hazel and his family.”

During his time as a councillor Fred served on a number of committees, dealing with a variety of issues including education, finance, planning and development and policing and community safety. He had also been a school governor and a magistrate and was a freeman of the City of London.

Fred is survived by wife Hazel, three daughters and six grandchildren.