TRIBUTES have been paid to Lord Ronald Fearn, who served as Southport MP on two occasions, after he passed away this week.
The 90-year-old, known affectionately as Ronnie, died on Monday, January 24 and leaves behind a lasting legacy in the resort having served his home town in many ways over the years.
He was Liberal Democrat MP for Southport from 1987 until 1992, and then again from 1997 until 2001.
His popularity at the time he was first elected in 1987 was clearly evident due to Southport having returned Conservative MPs for the previous 63 years, ever since 1924.
Lord Fearn was still working as a councillor in his 80s, stepping down in 2016.
Before his retirement, Lord Fearn represented Norwood Ward, and was Sefton’s longest continuous serving councillor with 42 years service and a series of local election victories.
A colourful, larger-than-life character, he was also involved with the All Souls Dramatic Club and even played a dame in their annual pantomime! Sefton Council Leader
Cllr Ian Maher, said: “I was saddened to hear of Lord Fearn’s passing. Ronnie worked tirelessly on behalf of his constituents both as a longstanding Sefton councillor and as an MP. He was also a formidable political opponent and I would like to pay tribute to him on behalf of Sefton Council and extend our thoughts and sympathies to his family.”
Growing up in Southport, Lord Fearn attended King George V Grammar School 1942 to 1949. He became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and worked as a banker for many years.
In the 1985 Birthday Honours, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
He was also a former chairman of the KGV Old Georgians and sat as a Governor of the college for many years.