Colleagues and friends today paid tribute to County Councillor Malcolm Barron who sadly died earlier yesterday (Wednesday 13 May) at Aintree University Hospital.
County Councillor Barron, who represented West Lancashire North division, had been ill for several months. He was elected onto the county council in 2005, and most recently served as Deputy Chair of the Regulatory Committee, as well as a member of the Development Control Committee.
He had also served as a West Lancashire Borough councillor until a couple of years ago.
County Councillor Geoff Driver CBE, Leader of Lancashire County Council, said: "Malcolm was very well thought of and respected. His sense of humour will be very much missed. He was the epitome of a gentleman and was kind and considerate to others at all times.
"He was a superb councillor, supportive of his colleagues and liked by everyone he met. He represented all that was best in our local government tradition.
"He was a true champion for the constituency that he represented. He knew the residents in his area, and they knew him. He was dedicated to the people of West Lancashire whom he served for so long."
County Councillor Azhar Ali, Leader of the Labour Group added: "I deeply regret Councillor Barron's passing. He was a fine man and a great Lancastrian. He was immensely conscientious."
Councillor Barron ran his own agricultural business for many years.