Cllr Mike Ratcliffe Leader of the Group Labour Derbyshire Dales District Council’s in sending condolences to his Deputy Cllr Joyce Pawley’s Family and Colleagues.

Cllr. Joyce Pawley
Cllr. Joyce Pawley

How can I adequately express what I feel about the devastating loss of Cllr Mrs Pawley? There are so many words that would apply – tenacious, diligent, warm, intelligent, she was all of these and more. But above all she was my political colleague and friend. Because of my personal circumstances her death affected me deeply. But we will all miss her and this Council will be a poorer place because of her passing. She put her marker down and we all took note.

Joyce was well respected across all political spectrums as someone unafraid to speak out, to be critical when necessary to ask those incisive, probing, sometimes awkward questions. But she was also fair-minded and gave praise where deserved. She was absolutely dedicated to the concerns and betterment of her constituency and gave 100% to all her residents in Bonsall, Cromford and Matlock Bath. The phrase “beyond the call of duty” in her case was well and truly applicable.

So how do I sum up my thoughts and feelings? She will be remembered, I am proud to have known her, and I miss her.

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