Councillors have paid tribute to Carlisle City Council Leader Joe Hendry, who died yesterday afternoon (30th May).
The 67-year-old was receiving care at Cumberland Infirmary following a heart attack last Friday (24th May).
"The news came as a great shock to us all as he appeared to be recovering well and was in good spirits.
"He will be greatly missed. Although Joe's council leadership was for a relatively short period, he had a great impact on the council and had a strong vision for the development of Carlisle into the future.
"He took great pride in our city, especially its history and heritage."
“Joe was immensely proud of his adopted City of Carlisle and his ambition for the future of the city was clear for everyone to see.
"He was particularly interested in creating opportunities for young people and giving them the best possible start in life.
“I saw Joe in hospital on Wednesday evening and he was bright and cheerful and seemed to be doing really well. The news has come as a huge shock to us and he will be greatly missed.
“Joe was first elected in 2003 and over the past 10 years he has earned the respect of a wide range of people.
"He kept a large pledge card in his office as a reminder to us all of the promises that had been made to the people of Carlisle.
"The finest tribute that we can pay to Joe is to make sure that those pledges are kept and his vision for the city is delivered. Our thoughts are with his wife Monica and the family at this sad time.”
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