Coventry City Council has paid tribute to former leader Nick Nolan who has sadly passed away.
Born in Ireland, he was a councillor for the Holbrooks area of the city for more than 20 years, serving as Leader and Lord Mayor during that spell.
Nick also served as Chair and Vice-Chair of various committees including Social Services, Transportation and Highways, Leisure Services, Development and Economy Policy Co-ordinating Committee and Social Affairs Policy Co-ordinating Committee.
He was Lord Mayor in 1994/1995 and later became Leader of Coventry City Council from May 2000 until he decided to step down from politics three years later.
Councillor George Duggins, the current Leader of Coventry City Council, said he was deeply saddened to hear the news of his former colleague’s death.
He said: “When I was first elected to the council, Nick was someone who you looked up to and he was someone who was quick to provide help, guidance, advice and support.
“I got to know Nick well and served with him in his Cabinet when he became leader. I counted Nick as a friend as well as a colleague.
“He was an honest, genuine man who had the best interests of his adopted city of Coventry at heart. I know he will be sorely missed by many people in our city who worked with him over many, many years.”
Nick originally came to Coventry from Fermoy, County Cork, Ireland, in 1961 and worked for Post Office telephones.
He became an active member of the Post Office Engineering Union and joined the Labour Party. In May 1979 he was elected councillor for Holbrooks Ward until he stepped down in 2003. Nick returned to his native Ireland soon afterwards.