Tributes paid to Cllr Norah Cooney
Tributes have been paid to a dedicated councillor following her death.
Cllr Norah Cooney represented the Longbeck ward on Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council for the Conservative Party.
A former mayor of Redcar and Cleveland, Cllr Cooney was first elected in May 1979.
The council is thinking of her family at this difficult time.
An email address for people to leave condolences has been set up at NCcondolences@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk
The Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland, Cllr Billy Wells, said:
“I was so very sad to hear the news of Norah's passing over the weekend and my thoughts go to her husband Gerard and family.
“Norah's family can be enormously proud of her dedication to the betterment of lives of others. She was elected to the council in May 1979 and worked passionately for people in her local community and the wider borough.
“Those close to her will remember Norah approaching her time as mayor in 2003-04 with typical devotion and she thoroughly enjoyed representing the borough at events all around our area.
“As mayor, Norah kindly helped raise funds for paediatric care on Teesside, supporting many families around the area.
“Norah also took on the responsibility of representing the council on outside bodies, including recently on the Cleveland Fire Authority.
“It is no surprise that Norah made good friends across the council chamber and she will be much missed by everyone who worked with her to champion the people of Redcar and Cleveland.
“Her decades of dedicated public service will be remembered fondly by people around the council."
Cllr Philip Thomson, leader of the Conservative Group on Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, said:
“Norah Cooney will be sadly missed.
“As the longest serving Conservative Councillor on Redcar & Cleveland Council, Norah had delivered over 40 years of service into the community.
“She was first and foremost interested in those residents who lived in her Longbeck Ward, irrespective of political hue. Over the years many will have benefited from her support and counselling. Within the Borough Norah's interests were wide and stretched across many departments but with particular interest in Children's services and the Fire service.
“All members of the Conservative Group will find it difficult to come to terms with this unexpected loss of a colleague who has brought so much to the political discussion over four decades.
“Conservative Group members have all benefited from the kindly nature of Norah, who was a mother figure to some and a source of experience and wisdom to all, qualities that will be sadly missed.
“Our thoughts go out to Gerard, her husband and all members of the family, wishing that our thoughts, prayers and condolences are able to ease the pain of such a parting.
“Our memories are many and will last well into the long days ahead which will be challenging, with Norah not to be part of the Group any more, but encouraged by the experiences shared and the memories stored.
“Residents of Redcar & Cleveland have been well served. We shall seek to carry that baton of service forward in her name."