Labour Party Conference delegates in Manchester stood for a minute's silence in memory of former Labour energy minister Malcolm Wicks, who has died at 65.
Maggie Mansell, chairwoman of the Croydon North Constituency Labour Party, said: "Malcolm was a leader.
"He inspired everyone who worked with him to do their best and then do better.
"Malcolm was first and foremost a family man... we want to give them time as a family to feel their loss."
The leader of the Tory-led Croydon Council, Mike Fisher, paid tribute to former energy minister Malcolm Wicks.
Tony Blair has added his tribute to former energy minister Malcolm Wicks.
"Malcolm was a wonderful colleague. I worked closely with him for many years," the former Prime Minister said.
"He had a very basic principle that guided his life: to do what he could for others, to serve, to be committed and to work hard for causes that were always about helping those who needed it most," he continued.
Mr Blair added: "He had complete integrity in all he did and both as an MP for Croydon and a minister was immensely popular across the political divide. He will be greatly missed."
Energy Secretary Ed Davey has paid tribute to former energy minister Malcolm Wicks, who has died at the age of 65. Mr Davey said:
Conservatives Eric Pickles and Gavin Barwell, the MP for Malcolm Wicks' neighbouring constituency, joined former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott in paying tribute to the former energy minister.
Former Labour prime minister Gordon Brown tonight said:
Labour leader Ed Miliband has paid tribute to former energy minister Malcolm Wicks, who died today aged 65.
The Croydon North MP, who had been fighting cancer, was praised as a "thoroughly decent, intelligent and compassionate man" whose death left a "huge hole" in the party.
"He was a brilliant energy minister, he was a deep thinker about welfare and pensions, and Labour to his core," Mr Miliband said.
"Malcolm was also a dedicated constituency MP, always putting the needs of his Croydon constituents first. He was a brilliant campaigner.
"I have lost a wise confidant and most importantly a dear friend and the Labour Party has lost one of its sharpest thinkers. Our thoughts go to Malcolm's wife, Margaret, and his family."