It is with heavy hearts that we announce today the passing of Ashfield District Council Chairman, Cllr Anthony Brewer (74), from Coronavirus.
A member of the Ashfield Independent Party and ward Councillor for Skegby, Cllr Brewer had been Chairman of ADC since May 2019. First elected in 2015 as ward councillor for Skegby, he stood a second time and was re-elected in the local elections in 2019.
Cllr Brewer had a passion for helping people, he wore his heart on his sleeve and nothing was ever too much trouble ensuring that the voices of the people of Skegby and Ashfield were heard.
In 2019 Cllr Brewer was elected as Chairman of ADC, he was privileged to be given the role and carried out his duties with great pride.
He also served as a volunteer at the Welcome Treatment Centre at King’s Mill Hospital for many years. He served refreshments to patients whilst they were receiving their treatment for cancer, a cause which was very close to his heart.
Cllr Brewer always carried out his roles as Councillor, Chairman and Volunteer with a smile on his face and with a little bit of mischief thrown in.
Councillor Jason Zadrozny, Leader of Ashfield District Council led the tributes. He said, “We are devastated by the death of our Chairman, Councillor Anthony Brewer. My thoughts go out to his partner Pat, his children and all the family. Anthony fought till the end and will be a great loss to residents in Skegby, the Ashfield District and the Ashfield Independents. I have known Anthony for over 10 years and he has become a close family friend as well as a trusted colleague. He hated any conflict in politics as he rightly believed that we should put our community first. Something he did as a volunteer and for the last 5 years as a Councillor. Anthony was re-elected in May with one of the biggest majorities in the whole of Nottinghamshire. This showed how much residents valued his tireless work and commitment.
“We were so proud when he agreed to Chair our Council. Offering wise Counsel and common sense to the job. He adapted to his role as our Civic Leader with great enthusiasm alongside his partner Pat. Anthony was somebody who strived to make life better for residents. Whether that be as a proud District Councillor for Skegby or volunteering in the coffee shop at Kings Mill Hospital. He will be sadly missed – our District won’t be the same place without him.”
County Councillor Helen-Ann Smith who worked closely with Councillor Brewer as County Councillor for Skegby said, “When times goes by, we will reflect on what a huge contribution that Anthony made to Skegby and the wider District. What stood out about him was his support for the underdog. He worked with hundreds of local residents to ensure they had a voice. He was staunch supporter of our armed forces and proud to join veterans in remembering those who gave so much. He was so proud to lead the march in Sutton on Remembrance Day. This is a sad, sad day.”
Anthony’s Ward Colleague – Skegby Councillor Melanie Darrington said, “I am obviously devastated by this news. From the first time I met Anthony it was clear how much he loved Skegby. It wasn’t just somewhere he lived, it was his community. He cared passionately about improving the lives of our neighbours and residents and making Skegby as good as it can be. Anthony wasn’t just my fellow ward councillor - he was a trusted friend. He adored his family cherishing, every moment he spent with them. His loved our NHS and his time spent volunteering at Kings Mill was something he was immensely proud of. His support for the Armed Forces and Gingerbread Charity also shaped who he was. This virus has robbed us of a trusted colleague and true friend. It does not discriminate, please stay in and help Tony’s beloved NHS.”
Cllr Brewer always put everyone before himself and was a valued member of the Ashfield Independent Party and Chairman of Ashfield District Council. Cllr Brewer will be remembered as a caring, funny, dedicated Councillor who wore his chains with pride. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.