A Denbigh councillor who served as the town’s mayor five times has died at the age of 77.
Raymond Bartley was diagnosed with cancer just a fortnight ago – he died on Friday morning at St Kentigern’s Hospice in St Asaph.
He served as an independent county councillor for the Lower Denbigh ward for twelve years along with 30 years’ service as a town councillor.
Mr Bartley, a veteran psychiatric nurse at the former North Wales Hospital, was also chairman of Denbighshire County Council when the National Eisteddfod came to his hometown in 2013.
He stood down as Denbigh’s mayor for the last time in May 2016, after serving a record fifth term. As a supporter of the Denbigh and District Male Voice Choir, he became its Vice President in June 2014.
The current chair of Denbighshire Council, Ann Davies, said: ”He was a true gentleman who felt passionate about making a difference to his local community. He had a wealth of experience and that would always be reflected in his contribution to the work of the council.”
”He was also a great ambassador for Denbigh and the wider county, taking great pride in representing the county in numerous events during his time as chairman of the council…he will be sadly missed by his colleagues at Denbighshire and our thoughts go to wife Dorothy and family at this very difficult time”.