This morning we found out that Cllr John Stanley had passed away last Tuesday.
To lose anyone is painful enough, but John was still a young man and had unbelievable energy. It was far from rare to get half a dozen emails from John in a day, he was always on top of any problem or issue in in Ifield, and whenever he came into the Town Hall I prepared myself to get a full debrief of every issue affecting the constituency party, his union branch and his neighbourhood. It’s hard to imagine him never again ‘just popping-in’ to my office to ensure I know the latest goings on.
On the council, he served in a range of positions, most recently as Chair of the Labour Group and of the council’s Governance Committee, but he had also previously served as Deputy Mayor.
He was a long-time stalwart of the party, at one point the Chair of the constituency party, and of Crawley’s community. I don’t know how many local groups he was involved with from the GMB and Waterfield Primary as a school governor to the Royal British Legion and Royal Naval Association, and of course Crawley Labour Supporters’ Club.
He was a good man, always ready to help where he could and he seemed to be in an almost permanently jolly mood.
John, you were a good friend and we miss you already.