Family and friends pay touching tribute to life of 'wonderful' former Weston-super-Mare mayor

PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 January 2018

Ken Lacey

Ken Lacey

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Tributes have been flooding in for an ‘exceptional’ former Weston-super-Mare mayor and councillor following his death at the weekend.

Ken Lacey MBE died aged 90 on Sunday having lived in Weston since the age of nine.

Wife Linda said Ken’s death leaves her with a ‘big hole’ in her life.

As well as serving on North Somerset Council, Ken was made a charter trustee mayor in 1988 when he campaigned for the formation of a town council for Weston.

He eventually achieved this in 2000, a year which also saw him receive the mayor’s award for his 12-year leadership of the senior citizens forum.

Ken’s dedicated work to improving the lives of Weston’s residents was recognised in 2003 when he was awarded the MBE for services to the community.

A Weston Town Council statement says: “Ken Lacey was a great servant to Weston and showed exceptional leadership in promoting both the town and its residents, and he will be sadly missed.

“Our thoughts are with his family at this time.”

Away from his time with town and district councils, Ken also fronted numerous groups in the town including holding the presidency of the Weston Sea Cadets and spending 18 years as president of fundraising for the RNLI.

He also held a role with the South West Sports Council and helped set up the North Somerset Federation of Anglers.

Ken married Linda in 2002 and she has been ‘overwhelmed’ by the loving messages received in recent days.

Linda said: “He was the most wonderful and loving person.

“His heart belonged to Weston.

“Ken did a lot for the youth in Weston and just wanted to do good things for people.

“There were just so many things he used to do.

“Whenever he was asked to be a president of a group he was just so humbled by the fact so many people respected him like that.

“His main achievement was campaigning to have a town council for Weston.

“Ken was the one who started that campaign off and he faced such adversity to it.

“Lately he was just not up to doing things he wanted to do which he didn’t like.

“I am just so overwhelmed and he will leave a big hole in my life.”

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