Tributes to loyal mayor and soldier

PUBLISHED: 16:15 05 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:37 25 August 2010

Cllr Alf Catterall

Cllr Alf Catterall

A DEDICATED politician and former soldier has passed away after 22 years service as a councillor.

A 'DEDICATED' politician and former soldier has passed away after 22 years service as a councillor.

East Wickham councillor Alf Catterall died after a short illness on October 23, having lived in Bexley 40 years and served with council since 1982.

The 77-year-old was praised by his colleagues for passionately campaigning for residents' and serving as Mayor of Bexley in 1991.

Leader of the council, Teresa O'Neil, said: "Alf's passing will be a great loss to many people.

"We will miss his enthusiasm, his sense of humour and his warm and caring personality.

"He gave the borough long and dedicated service and we will always remember him as our 'Comeback Kid', after he was voted back onto the council two years ago.

"Our thoughts are with Joan, Peter and his family."

Originally from Lancashire, Mr Catterall served in the Royal Engineers for 12 years from the age of 18, serving in Egypt, Kenya, Aden, Korea, Japan and Singapore.

Retiring from the military, Mr Catterall studied to become a chartered engineer and went on to work for institutions including Greater London Council and the Lewisham Health Authority.

Fellow East Wickham councillor James Hunt said: "Alf was totally dedicated in his role, working hard for all the people of East Wickham.

"He was loyal, determined and forthright but, above all, he cared. He was a true friend.

"Alf's passing today is not just a sad day for us in Welling, but a huge loss for the whole of Bexley."

Mr Catterall leaves behind his wife, Joan, and his son Peter who currently serves Bexley council as its cabinet member for Leisure, Arts and Culture.

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