Funeral arrangements for Councillor Dave Watts:
The service will be held on Tuesday, 4 December at St Saviour’s Church, Bamber Bridge, at 2pm.
After the service the hearse and family cars will drive past the Civic Centre before going on to Charnock Richard Crematorium. The family have asked for it to be family only at the crematorium.
Donations can be made to St Catherine’s Hospice in memory of Councillor Watts.
Tributes pour in for former Mayor of South Ribble:
It is with great sadness that the council must announce the passing of Councillor Dave Watts.
Councillor Watts, the member for Bamber Bridge East since 1998, died on Saturday 17 November, aged 71.
A former Mayor of South Ribble – serving in this post between 2006 and 2007 – he was an experienced, devoted councillor who played an active role on numerous committees during his twenty years of loyal service.
Councillor Margaret Smith, Leader of the Council, said: “We are all sending our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Councillor Watts at this very difficult time.
“I know what a proud, respected politician he was for his constituents in Bamber Bridge and we have lost an important voice within South Ribble who served his community with passion and commitment.”
Councillor Paul Foster, Leader of the Labour Group in South Ribble, said: “Dave was a tremendous, loyal councillor who loved his 'Brig' and did everything in his power to make it a better place.
“He was quiet and unassuming – never one for the limelight – but he was really effective and diligent.
“Everyone that ever bumped into Dave in Bamber Bridge always had a smile for him, and he knew them all, having being their councillor for 20 years.
“The simplest way to describe Dave's politics was that he cared – he really cared, and gave so much back to the people who elected him.
“He will be very much missed by us all, and we send our fondest love to Chris and his family.”
Councillor David Howarth, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group in South Ribble said: “I knew Councillor Watts for 20 years and I served under him when he was Mayor.
“I always found him very easy to talk to; a very affable man who will be missed.”