Tributes as current Doncaster councillor dies after 25 years' service

Tributes have been paid to Coun Tony Corden
Tributes have been paid to Coun Tony Corden

Tributes have been paid to one of Doncaster's longest serving councillors after his death this week.

Coun Tony Corden, who was first elected in 1992, died on Tuesday after a battle with illness. He had remained a councillor throughout his illness.

Coun Glyn Jones, Deputy Mayor of Doncaster Council, said: “I am incredibly saddened by the passing of our friend and colleague Councillor Tony Corden following a recent illness. We send all our condolences and sympathies to Chris and the rest of his family at this difficult time.

“Tony worked tirelessly for his Armthorpe community over the years, was a highly valued and important member of our cabinet and represented the council on numerous committees and outside bodies. Tony was a great public servant who will be dearly missed.”

Fellow Armthorpe ward councillors Sue and Chris McGuinness, said in a joint statement: “It is only in recent weeks that the seriousness of Tony’s health problems became apparent, and we know his passing has come as a shock to many people.

"This is understandable when we reflect on the many years Tony has been involved in Armthorpe affairs as a Parish Councillor, Ward Councillor, school governor or his involvement with community groups such as the Junior Football Club and Miners Memorial Garden.

“No matter what Tony was involved in he was very much a family man and we hope his family can take some comfort that so many people have expressed their sadness at his passing. He will be missed by many, not least, the family he was so proud of.”

Coun Corden became a councillor in 1992 and served local government on and off right through to present day.

He was also long standing parish councillor for Armthorpe.

Fellow parish councillor Nigel Berry said: "I knew him the best part of 25 years and always knew he was trying to do the best thing for Armthorpe, and to bring new facilities to Armthorpe."

He represented Doncaster Council and his community on numerous committees and bodies, ranging from Amrthorpe Miners Welfare Scheme to the Doncaster Council's cabinet.