Tributes have been paid to a town and county councillor who died this week.
John Hicks, of Ryhall Road, Stamford, died on Thursday morning following an illness.
Mr Hicks sat on Stamford Town Council and Lincolnshire County Council as a deputy leader of the Lincolnshire Independents.
Group leader Coun Marianne Overton paid tribute to her close colleague. She said: “John Hicks always cared about others and worked tirelessly and thoughtfully for his family and his residents. He loved his work with sport and young people.
“He relentlessly challenged the County Council on the importance of the best possible education in Stamford, even raising a question at full council last Friday, delivered by a colleague in his absence. Deputy Leader of the Lincolnshire Independents, John was determined to remain truly independent, focussing on the needs and aspirations of his residents. He always beavered away out of the limelight. Our sincere condolences to his loving family. We are all going to miss him very much.”
County council leader Martin Hill (Con) added said: “I’d like to offer my sincere condolences to John’s family and friends at this sad time.
“John was very much a Stamford man, and worked hard on behalf of its residents. I’m sure he will be fondly remembered and greatly missed.”
Mr Hicks was born in Stamford and educated at Stamford School.
He trained as a teacher, spending time working in Central Africa, before coming home and joining the team at the then Fane School, now Stamford Welland Academy.
He became head of PE before moving to Stamford College to set up a programme where all full-time students could participate in sport and leisure activities.
Mr Hicks fought passionately to improve the standard of education in Stamford and often wrote to the Mercury’s letters page on the subject. He was keen to see the former Stamford Queen Eleanor School improve so more Stamford children stayed in the town for their education.
Mr Hicks was also a member of the Stamford Mercury Archive Trust.
If you would like to pay tribute to Mr Hicks, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.