Three times Mayor of Sleaford, Peter Haysum has died in hospital in the early hours of this morning. He was 89.
Mr Haysum, a long serving town and district councillor had been suffering from ill health for some time and retired from North Kesteven District Council as a Sleaford Independent councillor in May.
He had given over 40 years of loyal service as ward member of Sleaford and Holdingham.
On his retirement he had said: ”I’d like to say a big thank you to all the residents of Holdingham who have supported me over the years, I am most grateful.”
A postman for 22 years, Coun Haysum first joined as a district councillor on what was Sleaford Urban District Council, before becoming a councillor in the re-organisation of North Kesteven District Council in 1974.
Mr Haysum, who still lived in the ward, stood as the Mayor of Sleaford three times over the years, as well as serving as chairman on NKDC in 1995.
Leader of NKDC Marion Brighton, said: “It was with great sadness that we heard Peter Haysum has passed away. Up to his recent retirement from the council he devoted himself fully to his community, especially through his public service which he had given since first being elected to one of NKDC’s predecessor authorities in 1972.
“Peter worked hard on behalf of the community for many years, and played a number of significant roles on the council, including that of chairman of council, and chairman of the Housing Committee. Housing was a particular interest and we all benefitted from his deep knowledge of housing matters.
“I know he will be very much missed by all those that knew him. We will be writing to his family to let them know that the thoughts and prayers of everyone at NKDC are with them at this sad time.”
Long time friend and colleague on both councils, Coun Brian Watson, Mayor of Sleaford and North Kesteven District Councillor said: “I know he was struggling with his health for some time. He worked with me on a number of projects around the town and I can still see the evidence and remember him.