Councillor Gary Waller, a former MP, current cabinet member and district councillor for the Lower Sheering ward, has died aged 72.
We offer our sincere condolences to Councillor Waller’s family, friends and colleagues. The district council flag in Epping has been lowered as a mark of respect.
We have lost a great councillor
Councillor David Stallan Chairman of Epping Forest District Council said: “It is with deep sorrow that I announce the death of my friend and colleague Gary Waller. We are all stunned by his sudden death.”
“I worked with Gary on the cabinet for many years. He was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the Safer, Greener and Transport Portfolio he represented. He had a wicked sense of humour and always stood up for what he believed in, even if it was unpopular. We have lost a great councillor who will be sorely missed.”
Shocked and saddened
Epping Forest District Council Leader Councillor Chris Whitbread said: “I was shocked and saddened to hear of Gary’s death. On behalf of the conservative group, I offer sincere condolences to his family and to all who knew him. Today, we mourn together the loss of a dear friend and hard-working local councillor.”
Gary had been the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Brighouse and Spenborough constituency in Yorkshire from 1979 until 1983, until the seat was abolished after boundary changes. He was then elected MP to the nearby Keighley constituency in 1983 until he lost he seat in the 1997 General Election.
Gary was elected a district councillor on 5 May 2011 to represent the Lower Sheering Ward on Epping Forest District Council. He was the cabinet member for the Safer, Greener and Transport portfolio and a member of many committees and panels, including the Essex Police and Crime Panel.