AN ALDERMAN, former Hartlepool Mayor and long-serving councillor died at the weekend following a short illness.
Alderman Ray Waller, who served as a councillor for 44 years and was also a Freeman, died aged 75 in Hartlepool and District Hospice on Saturday.
Born in West Hartlepool in 1939, Alderman Waller was first elected as a councillor to the South Ward at the age of 23.
He went on to serve Hartlepool Council until his retirement in 2007. The popular figure was also a prominent county councillor and was Chairman of Cleveland County Council in 1987/88.
The straight-talking Labour councillor was chair of governors at Hartlepool College of Further Education for 26 years from 1981 to 2007 and was also a former governor of Rossmere Primary School and Brierton Comprehensive School.
He was also the first Chairman of Cleveland Fire Authority when it was set up in 1996.
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