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Tributes Paid As Ashfield Councillor Tragically Loses Life To COVID-19

7th April 2020
News, Ashfield

This morning Tony Brewer the Chairman of Ashfield District Council sadly lost his life.

The Ashfield Independent's released this statement following Tony's sad death:


Tributes are being paid today to Councillor Anthony Brewer, Chairman of Ashfield District Council. Councillor Brewer, a District Councillor for the Skegby Ward sadly died this morning at Kings Mill Hospital in Sutton-in-Ashfield from coronavirus. Tony was 74 and would have celebrated his 75th birthday on 19th April.
Councillor Jason Zadrozny, Leader of Ashfield District Council led the tributes. He said, “We are devastated by the death of our Chairman and friend, 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 almost 15 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 become the Civic Head of our Council as Chairman. 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.”
Everyone at Mansfield 103.2 sends their thoughts to Tony's family, friends and loved ones during this difficult time 🖤

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