Tributes paid to South Kesteven district councillor John Smith

Bourne town councillor and South Kesteven district councillor John Smith (Con).
Bourne town councillor and South Kesteven district councillor John Smith (Con).

Colleagues and friends have paid tribute to a town and district councillor who died this week.

John Smith, 76, died in the early hours of this morning (Wednesday). The South Kesteven district councillor represented the Bourne West ward as a Conservative and also sat on Bourne Town Council.

Lincolnshire county councillor Sue Woolley (Con), who worked closely with John, paid tribute to her colleague. She said: “John was a thoroughly decent man. He was so very kind to me when I first became a councillor. His wealth of knowledge and gentle guidance has stood me in good stead.

“Whilst John was a district councillor and I a county councillor he always wanted to make sure we did our best for the residents we represented. There have been many issues we have worked together on, most recently our wish to see the town hall come back into use. He was so keen to promote and support the possibility of a cinema in the building.

“He was a marvellous man who I will miss greatly.”

In an email to all South Kesteven District councillors, leader Coun Linda Neal (Con) wrote: “It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Coun John Smith, our portfolio holder for healthy environment.

“He served SKDC and his Bourne constituents with pride for many years and will be greatly missed. All our thoughts are with John’s family at this sad time.

“Funeral arrangements will be publicised to councillors and staff as soon as they are available.”