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Tributes to former county council chief

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Tributes have been have been paid to a former county council chairman who died last month.

John Howard passed away in hospital, aged 83, on August 21.

On Wednesday, Leicestershire county councillors held a minute's silence in memory of their former colleague during a council meeting. Mr Howard was a county councillor for Burbage from 1977 to 2001 and was elected as chairman of the authority in May, 2000.

Bosworth MP David Tredinnick said Mr Howard lived in Burbage for more than 50 years and was always keen to be involved in the local community. The civil engineer became president of the Burbage Carnival committee in 1979 and was chairman of Hinckley Civic Society and Burbage Residents' Association as well as president of Burbage Crusaders Bowling Club.

He was also a scout leader and school governor. Mr Howard also served as a parish councillor for Burbage for many years.

Mr Treddinick said: "John was a great servant to Burbage and the wider community in Leicestershire.

"He worked extremely hard on education and lifelong learning issues and was always a determined campaigner for what he believed was right.

"John achieved a great deal for the community he loved during many years of public service and he will be missed by his family and friends.''


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