With deep sadness the Mayor of Stockton-on-Tees, Councillor Ken Dixon, announces the death of serving councillor, Michael Clark.
He said: “My thoughts are with Carol and their family at this very sad time. I have had the pleasure of working with Michael for many years. He was a lovely man who always had the best interests of residents at heart.”
Councillor Clark died last night following a short and brave battle with cancer.
He was elected to Stockton-On-Tees Borough Council representing Labour in 2011 and has served the Grangefield ward for five years following a career in journalism and public relations ranging from local reporter to Head of Communications for Middlesbrough Council.
Leader of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council and Labour Group Leader, Councillor Bob Cook, added: “Our deepest condolences are with Carol and the rest of Michael’s family. He was a kind, warm hearted friend and colleague who was held in the highest regard by fellow councillors and council officers alike. Michael was devoted to public service and was 100 per cent committed to serving the Grangefield community. He will be enormously missed.”
Councillor Clark has been Vice Chair of the Adult Services and Health Select Committee and a member of Planning Committee and Executive Scrutiny since last year.
Prior to this he was also a member of the Regeneration and Transport Select Committee, Licensing Committee as well as the Housing and Community Safety and Corporate and Social Inclusion committees.
Councillor Clark encouraged a vast range of community activity in Grangefield including an over 50s drop-in at the Grays Road Institute, The Green Project for environmental services and the Grangefield Community Council.
Most recently, Councillor Michael Clark along with his wife, Councillor Carol Clark supported the creation of a running track in Grangefield Park.