Tributes paid to Shortlands ward councillor

Published Friday, 7 January 2022

Tributes are being paid to Councillor Mary Cooke, Ward Councillor for Shortlands, who has sadly passed away today in her sleep, at the PRUH, after falling seriously unwell at the weekend.

Councillor Cooke, who had been a Shortlands ward councillor since being elected in 2014, was also Chairman of Adult Care and Health PDS Committee and Chairman of the Health Overview Scrutiny Committee.  She was also Chairman of the council‘s allotment panel.

Councillor Colin Smith, Leader of Bromley Council said, “As we mourn the loss of our close friend Mary, our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences naturally turn to her husband Brian and her wider family and friends at this desperately upsetting time.

“Those of us who were fortunate enough to know Mary well, will never forget the thoughtful intelligence and commitment she brought to the various roles which she fulfilled, her determination and resolve to get things done to make things better for the benefit of the borough’s residents, her wicked sense of humour and the happiness she brought to those she met and worked with.

“She had served Shortlands residents with relentless enthusiasm and distinction for the past 8 years and will be an extremely hard act to follow.

Goodbye Mary, may you rest in peace. You will be very sadly missed by many, many people.”


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