A fitting tribute to a community champ

MP Dave Watts with family and friends of Coun Martinez Williams
MP Dave Watts with family and friends of Coun Martinez Williams
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A new bench has been unveiled in memory of late councillor Patricia Martinez Williams.

St Helens MP, Dave Watts, joined family and friends of Patricia, in the unveiling of the seat in her honour in Victoria Park.

A plaque was inscribed with the words ‘This bench is dedicated to the memory of Councillor Patricia Martinez Williams, a friend of Windle, who served her native ward with love and pride for 12 years.’

Patricia represented her home patch of Windle from 1995-2003, then Thatto Heath between 2007-2011, before returning to the Windle ward again from 2011.

She sadly passed away last year following a long illness at the age of 66, leaving her husband, Martyn and two children, Philip and Rebecca, but will always be remembered as the “community champion” due to her dedicated commitment to serving her community with love and pride.

St Helens Council leader, Barrie Grunewald, said: “Patricia was such a remarkable person with a burning desire to do the very best for the people that she represented.

“This bench is a fitting reminder of her character. It is in a beautiful part of Victoria Park, which reflects her character perfectly as a beautiful and caring person.”

Leading tributes last year at the time of her death last March, then council leader Marie Rimmer said: “Pat was a very dedicated and caring councillor who had a very strong sense of justice and served her community tirelessly and to the very best of her ability.

“St Helens has lost a true champion.”