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Sevenoaks leader pays tribute to ‘genuinely decent human being’ Paddy Cooke

PUBLISHED: 16:48 10 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:48 10 May 2017

Paddy Cooke

Paddy Cooke

Stuart McGregor

The Conservative councillor, first elected in 2007, died on Monday after a long battle with cancer

A Sevenoaks councillor who died after a long battle with cancer on Monday has been described by the council leader as “a genuinely decent human being”.

Paddy Cooke was a long-standing Conservative councillor who was first elected on May 3, 2007 to represent the Penshurst, Fordcombe and Chiddingstone ward.

He died at home earlier this week, surrounded by his family.

Leader Peter Fleming said: “Paddy had been fighting a very aggressive cancer for some time, but never made a big issue about it.

“From diagnosis through treatment he remained upbeat and stoic.

“Over the last year he set himself a number of targets: attending as many council meetings as possible, continuing to represent his community to the best of his ability and refusing to make a fuss about his cancer or his treatment, truly the measure of the man.

“I will miss someone who went about his work in a quiet, personable manner, but with steely determination when needed, a man always willing to give advice when asked for, and who was a genuinely decent human being.”

Cllr Cooke’s funeral will be held at 1.30pm on Thursday, May 25 at St Mary the Virgin, Chiddingstone.

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