Flags flew at half mast honouring death of former Newham mayor Fred York OBE

Former ceremonial mayor Fred York who died on Sunday

Former ceremonial mayor Fred York who died on Sunday - Credit: Archant

Flags flew at half-mast yesterday to honour the death of “hard-working” and “respected” former ceremonial mayor Fred York OBE.

The 77-year-old, from Manor Park, died in hospital on Sunday, December 15, after a short battle with cancer.

The grandfather of six was ceremonial mayor of Newham from 1987 to 1988 having first been elected a councillor by residents in Woodgrange ward in 1974 and then in Monega ward in 1982, where he served for 12 years.

Elected mayor Sir Robin Wales said: “Fred worked hard on behalf of the residents he represented and many people benefited from the contributions he made to Newham.

“Our condolences go to his family and friends at this sad time.”

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Mr York is survived by wife Hazel, three daughters and six grandchildren.

He was made a freeman of the City of London and awarded an OBE in his lifetime.

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Council chairman Cllr Amarjit Singh said: “Fred was a very fair and sincere man and a good trade unionist.

“He was respected by those around him. During his mayoral year he represented Newham with great dignity.”

During his time as a councillor Mr York served on a number of committees and was also a school governor and a magistrate.

His funeral will take place at midday this Friday (December 27) at the City of London Crematorium, Aldersbrook Road, Manor Park.

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