Havering Council’s only female leader Louise Sinclair dies at age 97

PUBLISHED: 10:00 08 November 2018 | UPDATED: 14:46 08 November 2018

Former councillor and council leader Louise Sinclair dies at age 97.

Former councillor and council leader Louise Sinclair dies at age 97.

Louise Sinclair

The borough’s only female council leader in the local authority’s 53-year history has died at the age of 97.

Former Residents’ Association councillor and council leader Louise Sinclair died on Monday, November 4, at Abbcross Nursing Home, Brentwood Road, Romford.

She was first elected to the council in 1968 and represented Cranham for 38 years until she retired in 2006.

In a statement from her family, it said: “Louise was a strong, highly ethical, keenly intelligent and independent woman ahead of her time.

“She was kind, loving, generous and a supportive wife, mother, aunt, grandparent and friend.

“Although very involved in local government, she was not political, her goal being to truly act on behalf of the local residents and their best interests.

“She also devoted her life to her son, a person with disabilities, acting as his tireless advocate so he could achieve the highest possible quality of life.

“We will miss you greatly Louise, a grand dame, who set the bar for us all.”

During her time on the council and in the community, she worked to help residents and took a particular interest in social services and culture and made great strides in improving these service for the whole community.

She was mayor in 1988/89 and 2004/05 and was leader of Havering Council in 1996/97 as well as between May and December in 1997.

As well as serving on wide range of council committees, she was also a Freeman of the Borough and an Honorary Alderman.

Councillor Clarence Barrett said: “Louise was a person of great integrity and always strived to do her level best for the community earning the respect of all who worked with her.

“She was one of our most exemplary representatives and will be fondly remembered for her dedication, compassion and influence.

“She will be sadly missed and our sincere condolences go out to her family and friends.”

The funeral will be held at 10am on Tuesday, November 13, at the South Essex Crematorium, Ockendon Road, Upminster.

Memorial donations can be made to the Epilepsy Society.

A donation box will be at the funeral or make a donation online by visiting

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