COLLEAGUES of Bicester councillor Carol Steward have paid tribute following news of her death this week.
Councillor Steward was a long-standing member of Bicester Town Council, and had been elected to Cherwell District Council in 2007.
Bicester Town Mayor, Councillor Rose Stratford, said: “I have known Carol for almost 20 years, as a friend, a fellow school governor and councillor. “Carol put her heart into everything she did, and she worked tirelessly even when fighting her health problems.
“She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her. We will all miss her bright smile across the council chamber. My heart goes out to her family at this very sad time.”
Leader of Cherwell District Council, Councillor Barry Wood, said: “Carol was a personal friend to my wife and I as well as a colleague on the council.
“She had a terrific empathy with people from all walks of life and it was that quality that made her contributions so well respected.
“She will be much missed.”
Mrs Steward represented the Bicester North ward for both Bicester Town Council and Cherwell District Council.
Cherwell District Council’s leader of the opposition, Councillor Les Sibley, said “Carol was a hard-working campaigner who fought for local issues that were important to the people of Bicester and she will be sorely missed by us all.”
Mrs Steward was chairman of Bicester Town Council’s environment committee, and had led the Bicester in Bloom working party for some years.