A former Mayor of Preston has died aged 82.Advertisement
Rose Kinsella, who was a councillor for the St Matthews ward for more than a decade, passed away on Tuesday 30 August.
Staff at Preston City Council are due to pay their respects as Mrs Kinsella has a civc funeral at the Minster.
She was elected to the city council in 1991 and during her time as a Labour councillor served on the housing committee, Guild committee and was chair of the leisure services committee between 1996 and 1998.
She spent a year as Mayor between 1998 and 1999.
Councillor Peter Rankin, leader of the city council and Labour group leader, said: “I’ve known Rose for over 20 years. She was a lovely, warm person with a heart of gold. As mayor in 1998-99, the people she met in the course of her duties took to her straight away.
“In fact because it’s such a ‘people job’ she was probably one of the best mayors Preston has had in the recent past. She had the human touch.”
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Rose stepped down in 2002 as a councillor but continued to be actively involved in the community.
In 2014 a road at a new housing development in Deepdale was named after her – Kinsella Close.
Her funeral will take place from 2.30pm on Friday 8 September. The cortege will pass the Town Hall and staff are expected to line Lancaster Road to pay their respects.
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