TRIBUTES have been paid following the death of sitting Sefton council member Cllr Gordon Friel.
Cllr Friel, who was from Maghull, served on Sefton Council since being elected to represent Lincare Ward in 1994, and died at the age of 69 on Monday, July 11.
He was a well known face among the local authority and served on both the Licensing and Planning committees during his time representing Sefton.
Cllr Friel also represented the borough on the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Transport Committee.
In a tribute, Cllr John Fairclough, deputy leader of Sefton Council, said: “A respected councillor, Gordon was first elected in May 1994 and has faithfully represented Linacre ward for the last 28 years.
“Gordon was a former union convener (rep) at the Jacobs factory in Aintree and has faithfully represented Linacre ward for the last 28 years. Gordon represented the interest of Sefton residents on boards and in many other roles during his time as an elected member.
“For the last ten years he was a member of Merseytravel’s combined authority transport committee. More recently he was deputy portfolio holder for the Liverpool City region combined authority transport committee.
“He will be sadly missed by both colleagues officers and those who knew him. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.
“I will remember Gordon as always smiling.”
A spokesperson for Sefton Council commented: “Our thoughts are with Cllr Friel’s family at this difficult time.”