Mayor’s funeral date announced

Mayor Steve Patrick with Ranjula Takodra and Keith Gray
Mayor Steve Patrick with Ranjula Takodra and Keith Gray

The funeral of the Mayor of Aylesbury will take place on Friday following his shock death last week.

Councillor Steve Patrick died aged 59 during the night of August 6.

Since then tributes have been made by countless friends and colleagues.

His wife, Janice Patrick, said: “There are no words to express how much I loved him and how much I miss him.

“He was a very special person and a wonderful husband and father, and his absence will leave a massive hole in the family.”

Mr Patrick’s son Michael said he was ‘a good man and a good father, who loved his family and loved this town’.

The Lib Dem district and town councillor only became mayor in May after taking over from Ranjula Takodra, who said: “Steve really cared for the residents and the town. His legacy of ward projects will be felt right across the town for years to come.”

Colleagues said he had loved the chance to hold office and take part in the roles it involved.

Aylesbury Town Council clerk Keith Gray said the council was ‘very sad’ about the news, adding: “He was a very dedicated community leader, who will be greatly missed.”

Mr Patrick represented Oakfield ward at district level since 1999 and was town council leader for seven years.

He and his wife had lived in Aylesbury for the past 25 years with their two children, Michael and Kirsten.

Councillor Mike Smith, who took over from Mr Patrick as town council leader last year, said: “I am so saddened by the news. Steve was a good friend and colleague and I will miss him, his humour, help and advice. He was highly committed to the town and its success and campaigned constantly for the town council to take a lead in determining its own future.”

A funeral service will take place at St Mary’s Church, Aylesbury, from 11.30am on Friday, followed by a private burial.