Posted: 12.08.21 at 08:54 by The Editor
Tributes are being paid to South Kesteven District Councillor Mike Exton, who has died aged 80, following a short illness.
Cllr Exton devoted much of his life to public service and was a former Mayor of Stamford, a serving Stamford Town Councillor and a former Lincolnshire County Councillor.
Chairman of the South Kesteven District Council, Cllr Breda Griffin, said: "As well as being a devoted servant of Stamford and the public, Mike was also a dear friend and we enjoyed working together as each other's consorts during our time as council chairman.
"Mike was passionate about Stamford, was always willing to help people and will be missed by everyone who knew him. Stamford will be all the poorer for his passing."
South Kesteven District Council is flying civic flags at half mast to mark his passing.
Council Leader Cllr Kelham Cooke paid tribute: "Cllr Exton was all things a Councillor should be: he was passionate about public service, always available and willing to help and was a true Stamfordian.
"He was the perfect ambassador and a leading voice for all of the causes he supported, and most recently was one of the first to receive his COVID jabs. He will be missed by all politicians on all sides of the public spectrum."
Cllr Exton was born and bred in Stamford and leaves his partner, two sons and his grandchildren.
He was a passionate supporter of opening up the organ donor register, having received two kidney transplants himself in the past 35 years.
He enjoyed fishing when he was younger, was a keen player and organiser for ten pin bowling, as well as being involved with the local air cadets. During his working life he was a retained firefighter and a wedding photographer, also getting involved in sports reporting and photography for the Stamford Mercury.
Cllr Exton was a trustee of Browne's Hospital and a backer of Stamford in Bloom.
In addition to being a South Kesteven councillor for 16 years and Chairman between 2008-9, he was a former Mayor of Stamford (2003-4), a serving Stamford Town Councillor and a former Lincolnshire County Councillor.
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