County Councillor Mike Devaney, who represented the Chorley Rural North division on Lancashire County Council, died yesterday aged 78. Devaney, who lived in Chorley, was elected to the Council in 2009, and made Chairman in 2013.
Devaney, who sat with the Conservative Group on the Council, was born in Preston and undertook an apprenticeship with British Gas before enlisting for National Service. After completing this, he then resumed his career. He has previously sat on Chorley Borough Council, where he represented Clayton-le-Woods North.
County Councillor Geoff Driver, Leader of the Conservative Group said,
“Mike was a valued colleague and friend. He was an excellent public servant who was dedicated to serving not only the residents in his division but also all the people of Lancashire.
“He will be sorely missed by all his colleagues on the county council. Our sincere condolences and deepest sympathy go out to his family who can be justly proud of Mike’s record of public service.”
Bill Winlow, County Councillor for Preston West and Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group said,
“I am particularly troubled to hear of Mike’s death. I first got to know him in 2009 and immediately realised that he was an extraordinary individual who had much to offer Lancashire.
“He was an excellent chairman of council, both non-partisan and erudite, and I came to think of him as a friend. I mourn his passing and offer my condolences to his family. He will be sorely missed by all knew him.”
Jennifer Mein, Labour Leader of the County Council said,
“I’m very sad to hear of Mike’s passing and would like to offer my condolences to his friends and family.
“He was a dedicated county councillor, serving on a number of committees, and worked hard during his year as chairman to represent Lancashire and promote understanding of the county council’s work.”
He leaves behind his wife Harriet and his son Ed. A minute’s silence will be held at Thursday’s Full Meeting of Lancashire County Council.