Tributes paid to former Chester Mayor

16 January 2017

Community figureheads are leading the tributes to a former councillor and Mayor of Chester who passed away on Thursday, 12 January, aged 101.

John Crawford served as Mayor of Chester in 1983/84 and was made an Honorary Freeman of the City at the same time as the Duke of Westminster.

Mr Crawford was also Chairman of the Chester Rural District Council during local government reorganisation in 1974.

He was the last chairman of that council and was presented with a silver dish that is displayed in the Lord Mayor’s Parlour.

Councillor Bob Rudd, Chairman of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “John was a true gentleman who I knew very well. 

“I was very fortunate to be able to attend his 100th birthday as Lord Mayor in April 2015."

The Lord Mayor of Chester, Councillor Angela Claydon, said: “When John retired from the county council, he was elected to Chester City Council for the College Ward in 1979 and became mayor of the city in 1983/84. 

“He was made an Honorary Freeman of the City at the same time as the Duke of Westminster.

“John was a man of total integrity who has dedicated his life to helping others.” Mr Crawford was born in St Anne Street, in Newtown, in April 1915 and attended Egerton Street and St John’s schools.


John Crawford on his 100th birthday with Councillor Bob Rudd, Chairman of Cheshire West and Chester Council

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