Tributes to footballing former mayor

Cliff Stubbs is made an honorary alderman in 1998
Cliff Stubbs is made an honorary alderman in 1998

A HARTLEPOOL alderman and former town mayor has died at the age of 84.

Cliff Stubbs, who served on Hartlepool Borough Council for 35 years from 1962, passed away on Friday at the University Hospital of Hartlepool following a long illness.

The former St Hilda ward councillor had been a member of the Labour Party for more than 50 years and was mayor from 1982 to 1983.

He was made an honorary alderman in 1998.

A civic funeral will be held this Friday at 10.30am at St Mary’s Church, in Durham Street, on the Headland.

Cliff’s daughter Maxine said: “Dad and the family were proud of his achievements.

“He was very community-spirited and will be particularly remembered for his dedication to sport, particularly football in the Headland area.

“He just wanted to help people and he enjoyed helping others.

“His loyalties have always been towards St Hilda’s ward and its residents.”

Cliff, who was born in Bishop Middleham, near Sedgefield, moved to Hartlepool at a very young age.

He attended Lynnfield and Elwick Road schools before becoming an apprentice fitter at Central Marine Engine Works, where he stayed for 13 years.

He worked at Steetley for 25 years and was elected to the council in 1962.

Cliff played football for Trimdon Grange and Horden football clubs, earning 15 shillings a week.

Upon his election, one of his first tasks was to set up a junior football team on the Headland. The Central Park team competed in local leagues and Cliff acted as secretary for 25 years, enabling more than 500 youngsters to take part in competitive football.

He was also behind the setting up of the Headland Boys Club and he was secretary of the Hartlepool Youth Football Association for 19 years.

Cliff was also chairman of the Hartlepool Youth Friendly League and Hartlepool and District Sports Council for 10 years, as well as chairing the Hartlepool Victim Support Group.

Council chairman, councillor Carl Richardson, said; “Cliffy (known as Miffy to friends and colleagues) Stubbs was a hard-working and well respected councillor and it was very fitting when he was made an honorary alderman in 1998.

“He devoted much of his life to others and we will be missed.”

He leaves behind three children and five grandchildren.