TRIBUTES have been paid to former Mayor of Stockton-on-Tees, Lawrence Wild OBE JP, who died yesterday (April 5).
Mr Wild, 91, father of daughters Janice, Patricia, and the Borough’s current Deputy Mayor, Councillor Lynn Hall, died in Butterwick Hospice following a short illness.
A former JP and representative of the Fairfield ward, he served as a councillor continuously from 1959 to 1995, when he stepped down.
He was the Borough’s Mayor for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee year in 1977/78, during which he welcomed Her Majesty to Stockton Town Hall, and served on numerous committees including Planning, Licensing, Personnel, and Housing.
Mr Wild’s public service earned him an OBE in the 1993 New Year’s Honours and he wasconferred the title Honorary Alderman in 2000 in recognition of his longstanding service to local government. He enjoyed bowls, dancing and keeping fit.
Councillor Bob Cook, Leader of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, said: “I was saddened to hear of Lawrence’s death.
“He was a proud Stocktonian who worked hard to serve the people of the Borough for many years. Our deep condolences are with his family and friends.”
Mr Wild’s funeral service will be held at Stockton Parish Church at 11am on Tuesday, April 24, followed by a private interment at St John’s Church in Elton.
His wake will be held at the Masonic Hall on Wellington Street. Friends and colleagues are asked to meet at the church.
Family flowers only but donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Butterwick Hospice Care.