Bert Crane, who served on Crawley Borough Council for 58 consecutive years, has died.
Bert died yesterday (Tuesday February 10) in East Surrey Hospital, aged 87.
Friend and fellow Labour councillor Brian Quinn paid tribute to Bert, who had been part of Crawley since being elected to the then Urban District Council in 1953.
Cllr Quinn said: “I’ve known him for 30 years and I always took him home after the meetings.
“Before he left the car he always had to tell me a joke. He was a very clever man, very witty.
“It’s like losing one of the family really. As far as we were concerned at the town hall, he was family, not just to the councillors but to the officers.
“He knew everything about the council and whenever he spoke and made a comment, people stopped and listened because he was so politically educated.”
Cllr Quinn also expressed the hope that some form of commemoration would mark the role Bert played in the development of Crawley for more than half a century.
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