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Colleagues mourn death of dedicated councillor Ron

‘A dear friend’ who always put Bay first

HERNE Bay councillor Ron Flaherty died at home on Thursday night having battled cancer since his diagnosis in November. He was 70. Mr Flaherty, who had served on Canterbury City Council since 1991. died peacefully with family and friends by his side.

Reactions

The councillor, who also served as magistrate in Kent for 34 years, learned shortly before Christmas that he had cancer. Colleagues posted reactions to his death on social media. Lib Dem leader Alex Perkins tweeted:

“With sadness I have to announce that Cllr Ron Flaherty has died peacefully at home after a short illness. Herne Bay has lost a dear friend.”

He later added:

“Ron sat me down at Christmas and told me. It was all incredibly quick, which was blissful in a way because he didn’t have to suffer for a long time. It’s a big loss to Herne Bay. He dedicated his entire life to public life and always put Herne Bay first.”

Council leader John Gilbey said:

“I worked with Ron as a magistrate, and I always found him to be very clear and concise. It helped me a lot in the early years, because he was a magistrate before I was. He only retired a year or two ago from the family courts, and he always tried to get the best result. On the council side of things, we never crossed swords with each other. He would regularly pop into the office and talk about the issues. I was always accusing him of being our best Conservative, asking him to make that last jump, but he said ‘oh no, I couldn’t do that’.”

Great loss

Mike Sole, Lib Dem councillor for Barham Downs, said:

“Very sad news. A great loss to Herne Bay and CCC. His experience and common sense will be missed. RIP Mr Herne Bay”

The Scottish-born councillor leaves behind his wife Margaret and four children.

Herne Bay Times, January 15th 2015

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