Councillors and staff at Tewkesbury Borough Council are paying their respects to Honorary Alderman, Mark Calway, following his sudden death in the early hours of this morning, aged 49.
Mark has had a long and productive relationship with the council which began when he was elected to represent the Cleeve Grange ward in 1989, becoming the youngest ever Tewkesbury Borough Council member at just 22 years old.
He was the chairman of the council's housing service committee from 1995 to 1998 and achieved another milestone by becoming the youngest ever Mayor of Tewkesbury Borough in 2000.
In 2003, 14 years after he was first elected, Mark lost his seat and was made an Honorary Alderman - the highest award that can be made to a former councillor in recognition of exceptional service to the council and the people it represents.
For the last 16 years, Mark has worked as personal assistant to Laurence Robertson MP, tirelessly dedicating his time and energy to the residents of the Tewkesbury constituency.
Politics runs in the family. Mark's father, Brian Calway, has been a county councillor and a member of Tewkesbury Town Council and was elected to the borough council in 2003 where he served as Mayor in 2008. Interestingly, Mark's mother Maureen is also the first person in Tewkesbury borough to have held the title of mayoress twice, once alongside Mark and once again alongside Brian.
Leader of Tewkesbury Borough Council, Robert Vines, said, "Mark was a young and enthusiastic member of the Council who continued to help and support the community in his role as personal assistant to Laurence Robertson MP. Both Mark and his father have a long tradition of working to improve the life of borough residents. Mark kept in touch with his borough council colleagues and worked across all political parties. He will be missed and our thoughts go out to his parents, Brian and Maureen, at this very difficult time."