Tribute to former mayor and councillor Fred York OBE

20 December 2013 in Council and democracy
Flags at Newham's two town halls are at half-mast in tribute to former ceremonial mayor Fred York OBE who died in hospital on Sunday (December 15) at the age of 77 following illness.​
Councillor 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.

Elected Mayor Sir Robin Wales paid tribute to him. He said: “Fred worked hard on behalf of the residents he represented and many people benefited from the contributions he made to Newham. Our condolences go to his family and friends at this sad time.”

Councillor Amarjit Singh, Chair of the Council, added: “Fred was a very fair and sincere man and a good trade unionist. He was respected by those around him. During his mayoral year he represented Newham with great dignity. Our thoughts are 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’s funeral takes place on 27 December at City of London Crematorium in Manor Park. Fred is survived by wife Hazel, three daughters and six grandchildren.