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Death of former Mayor of Lancaster announced

John Freeman

We're sorry to report the death of Councillor Roger Sherlock, who passed away earlier this morning.

He was elected to represent the Skerton West ward on the city council in 1995 and served on a number of committees, including acting on several occasions as chairman of the council’s Planning and Highways Regulatory Committee.

In 2009/10 he donned the mayoral robes, choosing Breath for Life, based in Heysham, and the Skerton Community Centre as his mayoral charities.

Coun Robert Redfern was Coun Sherlock’s deputy during his tenure as mayor. He said: “Roger was a dear friend and his loss will be felt across the political spectrum. I’m sure I speak on behalf of the whole council when I say his wit and wisdom will be missed by all who knew him. My sincere condolences go to all of his friends and family.”

Coun Eileen Blamire, leader of Lancaster City Council, chose Coun Sherlock as her deputy when she was mayor in 2002/03. She added: “Roger was one of the most exceptional people I’ve ever met, the epitome of a hardworking councillor and a very good friend.

“He was a passionate community activist who gave his all to stand up for people in his ward. Despite being ill for a long time he never complained or lost the passion he had for representing the community. He will be sorely missed by his many friends both inside and outside the council.”

Details of the funeral will be announced in due course.

UPDATE: Many have paid tribute to Roger on the Lancaster Past and Present Facebook group, including local business man Michael Gibson who described Roger as "a great councillor over many decades who gave his time and energy to stand up, campaign and work for the people of Skerton and Lancaster. Also a lovely, gentle and considerate person who always had a little smile for you. Will be much missed."



Sue and I are very sorry to hear of Roger’s death. He was a great family man and a superb Councillor, dedicated to serving his constituents and a hard working man who overcame illness & disability to represent people very well. I was out with the canvassing team the night Eric Jones recruited Roger to the Labour Party and from the first few days we knew we had acquired a gem. Roger and I were elected in Skerton West in 1995. I departed after 2 years and he has stayed the course throughout. A lovely, warm good humoured man and a great loss to Lancaster. Deepest sympathy to Ethel and the family. Hilton Dawson Former Lancaster Councillor & MP