FLAGS flew at half mast at Hampshire County Council’s Winchester headquarters yesterday following the death of a councillor.
John West, who served on the council for 16 years, died on New Year’s Day.
He leaves his wife Bridget, a son and daughter, and grandchildren.
Council leader, cllr Roy Perry, said: ‘I am truly saddened by the loss of Councillor John West, who worked hard, with loyalty and dignity, to serve his local community throughout the years.
‘His wisdom, and support for the county council and to the residents of Petersfield whom he represented, will be greatly missed.
‘We express our deepest sympathy and condolences to his wife Bridget and his family at this very sad time.’
Cllr West was elected to the council in 1997 and represented the division of Petersfield Butser.
He was vice-chairman in 2004 and chairman in 2005 among other roles.
He was a chartered engineer, member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Highways and Transportation.
His local government work included posts at Devon and Lancashire county councils as well as Hampshire.
He was principal engineer at East Hampshire District Council and then retired in 1993.
Cllr Ken Thornber, council chairman, said of cllr West following his death: ‘The county council today is poorer for his passing.’