Tributes have been paid following the death of long-serving Middlesbrough Councillor and former Deputy Mayor Bob Brady.
The 83-year-old was a well known figure across Middlesbrough and devoted many years to youth and community work alongside a Council career spanning five decades.
Born in South Shields, Mr Brady undertook National Service with the RAF before first being elected to Middlesbrough Council in 1973, representing Thorntree.
He would go on to represent wards including Grove Hill, Beckfield, Gresham and Newport, chairing a number of committees and serving as Civic Mayor in 1994-95 and as the town’s first ever Deputy Mayor under the Elected Mayoral system from 2002 to 2007.
After losing his seat in 2007, he was re-elected in in 2011, standing down as a Councillor in 2019.
He was married with three children.
Former Middlesbrough Labour Group leader and elected Mayor Dave Budd said: “The passing of Bob Brady will have touched many people in Middlesbrough and beyond just as his life and work has done.
“He came to Middlesbrough as a young youth worker and over many years helped many young people.
“His long time as a Councillor changed and improved Middlesbrough. Bob became a leading figure in housing not just locally but nationally.
“I will remember my friend Bob for his outgoing personality.
“He was a great raconteur telling stories which made us all laugh.
“Bob will be remembered with a smile.”
In a statement Middlesbrough Labour Group said: “It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of our great friend Bob Brady.
“Bob was a much loved and long-serving councillor on Middlesbrough Council.
“Many will have fond and warm memories of Bob and he won't be forgotten.
“Our most sincere condolences to his family.”