STRATFORD has lost one of its great champions with the sudden death of former mayor Keith Lloyd.
Stratford Town Council was in shock following the news that one of their longest standing members had died at home on Monday, surrounded by his wife and family.
Mayor John Bicknell said: “We knew that Keith had been ill, but were quite unprepared to hear the shocking and unexpected news of his death, as we had hoped he had fully recovered from illness that had dogged him over the past year.
“Keith was a commensurate politician and a colourful and much loved member of the community, but above all, a loving husband and proud father.
“On behalf of the town council and all the staff, we send our deepest and very sincere condolences to his wife of 29 years, Elaine, and their five children, Kelly, Matthew, Adam, Craig and Peter.”
Outside the council chamber, Keith will be remembered as an ardent fan of Manchester City and being a proud Welshman.
Keith was born in the Ruthin, North Wales, in 1958. He was educated at Friars Grammar School in Bangor, and moved to Stratford in 1974, where he was one of the last pupils at the former Hugh Clopton School.
Keith gained employment at Young Engineering in Stratford, and then advanced onto junior and middle management positions in automotive purchasing at Pianoforte Supplies Plastics in Wellesbourne.
In the latter years, he dedicated his time to serving within the three tiers of local government.
Joining the town council in 1999, Keith represented Welcombe Ward as an Independent, was currently serving as one of the town’s three county councillors, and was a former district councillor.
Keith became Mayor in 2012, following in his late father Edward’s footsteps, who was a former town clerk in both England and Wales, and also served as Stratford mayor in 1989/90.