Deepest sympathies expressed following the death of Warwickshire Labour Party leader Cllr Richard Chattaway

Councillor Richard ChattawayCouncillor Richard Chattaway
Councillor Richard Chattaway
Warwickshire County Council members, officers and leaders from across the political spectrum have united to express their profound sadness and sympathies at the news of the death of Cllr Richard Chattaway ward member for Bedworth Central and leader of the council’s Labour Group

Cllr Chattaway died today ( Friday June 19) aged 66, at his home in Bedworth.

Despite poor health in recent months, Cllr Chattaway had remained active in his role as a councillor throughout the lockdown period.

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Cllr Chattaway was first elected to the county council in 2001 and became group leader following the 2017 council elections.

He will be remembered by constituents in the Bedworth Central ward as a larger than life character who took his public service with the utmost seriousness and a representative who would always make time for them.

He never forgot his background in the armed forces and was a staunch advocate for support to that community.

In recent years, following his retirement from Jaguar Land Rover, he took a position as a support worker for people with severe disabilities, a challenge that he threw himself into with his habitual passion and commitment, often speaking about the immense satisfaction that the role gave him.

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Among Cllr Chattaway’s many other passions was sport which he combined with a keen eye for improving the quality of life for local residents, particularly young people.

Recognising the great benefits that playing, and being involved in, sport could have for his residents, he regularly used his delegated councillor budget to bring facility improvements to his beloved Bedworth Cricket Club and the nearby Bedworth Sports Club.

The facilities that he helped to fund will continue to benefit Bedworth’s children and young people for generations to come and will provide just one of his many lasting legacies.

Cllr Chattaway is survived by wife Teresa, children Alison, Rachel and Matt and his grandchildren.

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Speaking on the death of her colleague, deputy leader of Warwickshire County Council’s Labour Group, Cllr Helen Adkins said: “Richard was a much respected and much loved leader of our group.

"He worked tirelessly for the people in his ward and the people of Warwickshire. He will be hugely missed by all of us in the Labour Group and our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Leader of Warwickshire County Council, said: “Richard was a friend, colleague and committed community champion.

"He will be greatly missed by all at the county council, both members and staff alike.

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"I send my deepest condolences to his family of whom he was very proud.”

Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group Cllr Jerry Roodhouse said: “I met Richard when he was first elected onto the county council and from day one he demonstrated his passion for his community and the county.

"I will miss him but hold onto the memories that we shared such as exchanging stories about what we were growing on our allotments.

"A sad loss for Warwickshire and for his community my thoughts are with his loved ones at this time.”

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Leader of the Green Group, Cllr Jonathan Chilvers, said: “I was very sad to hear of Cllr Chattaway’s death.

"I was particularly inspired by his choice to enter the caring profession in the last couple of years of his life and the way he combined that with his role as councillor.

"I will miss him.”

Warwickshire County Council's chief executive, Monica Fogarty, said: “I had the privilege to work with Richard for over twenty years.

"He was among the fairest of men, a great champion for his community and for local government as a whole.

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"Richard valued enormously his relationships with the officers of this authority and I know he counted us as his friends.

"Anyone who knew Richard will have their own fond memories of someone who was rarely without a smile."

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