THE Mayor of Vale Royal has lost her battle with cancer.
Cllr Joan Kerruish-Jones died at home in Davenham on April 18.
She had played an active role as deputy mayor from 2005-2006 and was disappointed that her illness soon prevented her from taking up many of her mayoral duties, after she became mayor in May 2006.
Cllr Kerruish-Jones was a councillor on Vale Royal Borough Council after first winning the seat in Davenham and Moulton in May 1999.
She leaves her husband Brian and son Matthew. Matthew, who is a practising barrister in Chester, acted as her consort.
Cllr Kerruish-Jones was chairman of both Davenham and Bostock parish councils. She was also a governor of Moulton School and had been a representative on the Association of Town and Parish Councils.
Any messages or cards of condolence for Cllr Kerruish-Jones' family can be sent to The Chief Executive's secretary,
Vale Royal Borough Council, The Drumber, Winsford, Cheshire CW7 1AH. There is a book of condolence available in the foyer at Wyvern House and you can also leave your messages and tributes online at the website www.valeroyal.gov.uk/mayor
Cllr Keith Musgrave, leader of Vale Royal Borough Council, said: 'Joan's death is indeed a very sad loss. She has contributed to the council in many ways over the years, including chair
ing committees, supporting charity initiatives and serving residents in the Davenham and Moulton ward. Although she has not been well for sometime she still took a very active interest in the council and the mayoral responsibilities. She will be very sadly missed.'
Cllr Brian Lloyd, Labour Group leader, said: 'It was with great sadness I heard the news that Cllr Joan Kerruish-Jones had lost her long and courageous battle with cancer. It is particularly tragic this should have happened in the year Joan was Mayor of Vale Royal, as she would have been an exceptional ambassador for the borough. She will be missed by her all her colleagues at Vale Royal for her sense of humour and cheerful personality. I extend the sincere condolences of myself and my group members to her family on their sad loss.'
Cllr Malcolm Gaskill, deputy leader of Vale Royal Borough Council and Liberal Democrat group leader, said: 'She was a good fellow member and we got on well - as indeed she did with everyone here. It is a tragedy for her family and my thoughts are with them at this very sad time.'