Tributes have been paid to Councillor Brian Gordon who passed away this morning (Thursday 10 September) on what would have been his second day serving as Mayor of Barnet.
Councillor Brian Gordon
He was due to be appointed to the role in an Annual Council meeting on Tuesday evening, but the ceremony could not go ahead as planned due to his illness.
The Leader of Barnet Council, Councillor Dan Thomas, and the Worshipful Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Caroline Stock, have paid tribute to him after the tragic news was announced.
The Leader of Barnet Council, Councillor Dan Thomas, said: “I am incredibly sorry to announce that Councillor Brian Gordon passed away this morning. Brian was a valued Councillor and respected member of the Conservative Group, who passionately represented Edgware ward for over two decades and I know that the whole community will be reeling from this sad news.
“As well as being a committed Councillor, Brian was a keen journalist and legal counsellor, always keen to vocally support the causes close to his heart. He was also a well-known and respected member of his community at Machazikei Haddass in Edgware.
“On a personal note, I always appreciated Brian’s experience, questions and advice, and will sorely miss him.
“I have reached out to Councillor Gordon’s family on behalf of the Conservative Group, and they remain in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
The Worshipful Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Caroline Stock, said: “I am not sure words can sum up how sad it is to hear this news in the week that Brian was going to become the Mayor.
“I know how much he was looking forward to taking on this role, together with his wife Julie.
“I send the whole family my sincerest thoughts and heartfelt sympathy and wish them all the strength to get through this difficult time.”