TRIBUTES have been paid to a former South Tyneside councillor following his death at the age of 85.
Charles McHugh died last week at his home in Hebburn.
Mr McHugh had been in declining health for several years, and he died surrounded by his family.
He was first elected to South Tyneside Council in 1980 and represented the Primrose ward in Jarrow until 1999.
During that time, he also served as chairman of the council’s primary and secondary schools sub-committee, before becoming its chairman for town planning.
The Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson, paid tribute to Mr McHugh, saying: “We are saddened by the loss of former councillor Charles McHugh.
“He was a popular and valued member, who worked hard to serve his local community for many years and was well respected by all who knew him. Charles died peacefully, surrounded by his family, and maintained his sharp memory and sense of humour until the end.
“We express our deepest sympathy and condolences to his family at this very sad time.”
Mr McHugh was married to his late wife Marie for 54 years and leaves four children, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
His funeral will take place at St Aloysius’s RC Church, in Prince Consort Road, Hebburn, at 9.30am on Monday, followed by interment at Hebburn Cemetery at 11am.
Flowers and messages of condolence can be sent to Co-operative Funeralcare in Hebburn and donations can be made to the British Heart Foundation.