Tributes paid after former Chesterfield mayor dies

Jim McManus.
Jim McManus.

Tributes have been paid to a former Chesterfield mayor who died peacefully on Tuesday morning.

Jim McManus served as the borough’s mayor in 2001 to 2002.

He was a member of Chesterfield Borough Council for 28 years and was the authority’s executive member for housing from 2011 until earlier this year.

During this time, all of the council’s housing reached the Decent Homes standard for the first time and work began on building the new purpose-built Parkside older-persons’ accommodation on Stand Road.

Jim was created an honorary alderman in a special ceremony last month.

Councillor John Burrows, leader of the borough council, said: “It is with great sadness that I heard of alderman Jim McManus’s passing.

“Our thoughts, prayers and condolences are with Carol, his wife, and the family.

“I have personally lost a true friend and colleague – his advice and guidance on complex local Government issues will be greatly missed by me and all his colleagues.”

Arrangements for Jim’s funeral will be announced in due course.