Tributes have been paid to Councillor Bill Anderton (pictured) who passed away last week at the age of 59.
Labour Party colleague Linda Maloney, who had known him for many years, described him as “a true gentleman”.
The Union Jack flag was flown at half-mast above St Helens Town Hall last Friday as a mark of respect.
Coun Anderton, who council chiefs confirmed passed away following “a recent illness”, had represented the Haydock ward since 2010.
Coun Maloney said: “I’ve known Bill for many years and acted as his agent when he stood for election in 2010.
“He was a true gentleman and a real character of Haydock. He will be sorely missed.”
Coun Anderton, a grandfather and father-of-one, had been the chair of the councillor development scheme - a role similar to one he had also held in his working life.
Coun Maloney told how Coun Anderton was so passionate about it that he would, on occasion, become frustrated if the training being offered wasn’t fully up to speed.
Prior to his retirement, he had worked at the Midland and HSBC banks in Haydock, Prescot and St Helens.
He went on to become involved with the union, becoming a district secretary.
And, although, born in Parr, Coun Maloney, who used to live across the road from Coun Anderton on West End Road, described him as “a Yicker through and through”.
She said: “Bill was a very, very nice man. It’s tragic to lose him at such a young age.
“He didn’t originate from Haydock but was very well known there. He was certainly an adopted Yicker.”
Coun Maloney added: “I first met Bill when we were friends and neighbours in Haydock and our paths didn’t cross again until we both became involved in local politics.”