The leader of St Helens Council paid tribute to the late Haydock councillor, Bill Anderton, at a special Town Hall meeting.
Barrie Grunewald described Coun Anderton - who passed away earlier this month - as “a remarkable gentleman” who was proud to serve the people of his ward.
He said: “Bill always ensured that the voices of the people of Haydock were heard in the Town Hall. He was not afraid to speak his mind - but always in a respectful manner.
“He was a very, very nice man, well respected, a community champion – a good man. He will be missed by all of us.
“Our thoughts go out to his wife Paula, daughter Nicola and the rest of his family.”
Fellow ward councillor Anthony Burns added: “Bill was a great councillor and a fantastic representative for his beloved Haydock – a true Yicker.
“It really is difficult to imagine the council chamber without him.”
Liberal Democrat and Conservative group leaders Coun Teresa Sims and Coun Allan Jones added their tributes, while Labour group colleagues Linda Maloney, Jeanette Banks and Gareth Cross spoke warmly of their memories of Coun Anderton.
After the meeting council members and officers attended a funeral service at St Mark’s Church in Haydock.