Tributes paid after ‘admirable’ Welwyn Hatfield councillor dies

PUBLISHED: 14:15 11 April 2017

Cllr Howard Morgan when he became borough council mayor in 2013

Cllr Howard Morgan when he became borough council mayor in 2013

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Tributes have flooded in for a “loyal, friendly and admirable” borough councillor who passed away over the weekend.

Representatives from all political parties united at Monday’s council meeting to pay tribute to former Tory councillor Howard Morgan, who died on Sunday, aged 70.

Between 2008 and 2014, the fiercely proud Welshman served as borough mayor twice and Hatfield mayor three times.

Council leader John Dean said: “Councillor Morgan was a loyal, long-standing member of the borough council and will be greatly missed.

“I have spoken with his family to send them all our deepest sympathies.

“It is a very sad, very sudden loss not only politically to our council and to Hatfield Town Council, but personally to me, fellow councillors, friends and family.”

Cllr Morgan had a background in catering, running restaurants and bars, and more recently managed the bar of the Conservative Association in Hatfield.

Lib Dem leader Malcolm Cowan said: “I got to know him a bit when he was mayor and it really struck me how friendly he was.

“No airs or graces, just a natural down-to-earth person.”

Labour’s Lynn Chestermann said: “We didn’t agree politically, we didn’t agree on football, we didn’t support the same rugby team, and yet what a lovely guy he was and how well we got on.”

Cllr Morgan, who since 2003 represented Hatfield North and Hatfield Villages, lived in the town for nearly 40 years.

In 2013 he wrote: “I love this community. I’ve seen Hatfield change over the years, including many political boundary changes.

“Things may change, but my commitment to my community hasn’t altered.”

Cllr Morgan, a big rugby fan, was universally known as a friendly, hard-working and approachable councillor, who was always willing to investigate local people’s needs.

Borough council chief executive, Dr Michel Saminaden, said: “When I consider the dedication and loyalty councillor Morgan has shown Welwyn Hatfield, I can only respect and admire what he has achieved for the borough.

“His level of service is incomparable to anyone I have known in my 20 years here.

“Collectively, we applaud Howard’s work in local government and send our heartfelt wishes to his friends and family.

“It is a great loss for Hatfield the town and Welwyn Hatfield the borough.”

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