Daventry District Council has paid tribute to Councillor Ken Melling, who passed away this morning (Wednesday) following a battle with cancer.
Councillor Melling was district councillor for 15 years after his election in May 1998 and lived in Upper Harlestone.
During his time at DDC he held posts including Resources Portfolio Holder and was Chairman of the Council in 2003-4.
Cllr Melling also served as a county councillor for Middleton Cheney ward since 2005 and was a Harlestone parish councillor.
Councillor Chris Millar, leader of DDC said: “We are all deeply saddened by this terrible news and our thoughts and prayers are with Ken’s wife Jane, and his family.”
He added: “Ken was a superb and well respected councillor who always did everything he could to serve the best interests of his community.
“He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.”