We have today heard the tragic news that Cllr Alison Gingell died peacefully in her sleep last night.
We send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to her husband Bob and the rest of Alison’s family, who were with her when she passed away.
Alison, who was just 65 years of age, will be deeply missed by friends and colleagues and had been poorly for some time after being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.
Alison lived in Coventry until very recently after first arriving in the city as an undergraduate student at the University of Warwick. Many of you will know that she went on to be a tireless leader in the field of health and social care, most recently leading the city’s campaign against female genital mutilation.
Despite her busy public life Alison had a particular fondness for Italy where she regularly visited on holiday. She was also delighted to have been able to have spent time with her latest granddaughter Edith.
Alison became a JP in 1979, was Chair of the Coventry Primary Care Trust from 2002 until 2013, and served as a ward councillor for Sherbourne Ward since 2012. She held the Cabinet Portfolio for Health and Adult Services since May 2013.
Cllr Ann Lucas, Council Leader, said: “This is a very sad day. Our thoughts and prayers are with Alison, who was a lovely and caring women who has been taken from us far too soon.
“I have had the pleasure and privilege of working with Alison for a number of years; she was a dear friend who I will miss very much.
“I know when she was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease that she dealt with the news with a calm resolve. Alison has been at the forefront of health and social care in the city and Warwickshire and I will forever be grateful for all she has done.
“She was a wonderful lady and I know that many colleagues who have worked with her over the past years will wholeheartedly agree.”
For those people close to Alison her funeral and memorial arrangements will be announced in the coming days.