Tributes to much admired councillor

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Clarence Barrett
Clarence Barrett

Tributes have been paid this week to Councillor Clarence Barrett who sadly died of a heart attack last week.

In this week’s Enquirer, South Hornchurch Residents Association Councillor Graham Williamson pays tribute to Cllr Clarence Barrett who sadly passed away last Friday March 1st.

Councillor Barrett collapsed while attending a meeting at Havering Town Hall on Friday 15th of February. Council staff and paramedics treated him at the Town Hall, following which he was taken by ambulance to hospital.

“Councillor Clarence Barrett had been elected for the ward of Cranham since 2006 on behalf of the Upminster & Cranham Residents Association.

“However, It was only after I was first elected in 2014 that I got to know Clarence personally, not only as a fellow councillor but as a friend.

“The first thing that struck me was his knowledge of Council accounts and his financial acumen in general.

“Opposition councillors always looked to him for advice and guidance on such matters.
“Indeed, he was recently the lead in creating an alternative Council budget on behalf of all the opposition Resident Associations and I know he was looking forward to developing and later presenting it to Council.

Saddened

“He believed that the Resident Association’s have a lot to give to the community and Council and ultimately looked forward to being part of a ruling RA Administration that he felt that Havering so desperately needs.

“The passing of such a relatively young and fit man was a great shock to us all. I extend my heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

Cllr Clarence was Cabinet Member for Finance in the previous administration between 2014 and 2018.

“In addition to his duties at the Council, Cllr Barrett was also elected treasurer to the Independent Group within the national Local Government Association.

“Havering’s Leader of the Council, Councillor Damian White said: “I am shocked and deeply saddened to learn of Clarence’s death.

“Clarence was a committed public servant who served his residents with passion and duty.
“His challenge, drive, decision making and scrutiny, whether in Cabinet or in opposition, made this Council better for his services.

“On behalf of all Members, I want to convey our deepest sympathies and most solemn respect to his family and friends.” Clarence Barrett R.I.P

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