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York Council Leader pays tribute to Labour stalwart

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5:29pm 25th May 2012

The council’s Labour Leader has paid tribute to a former Lady Mayoress, who passed away last weekend, aged 91.

Dolly Cooper held civic office during husband Ken’s year as Lord Mayor in 1984-5, and was a lifelong member of the Labour Party in York.

Coun. James Alexander said her presence would be sorely missed:

“Dolly, and her husband Ken, gave a commitment to the Labour Party that almost all would struggle to match.  Even after Ken’s passing a number of years ago, Dolly continued to remain in touch and be interested in what the party was doing, both locally and nationally.

“Dolly I know was a great support to Ken as he notched up an enviable length of service on the council, becoming its longest serving Member for many years before he became ill.

“Ken’s service would not have been what it was without Dolly, but she held her own views and would express them very strongly when she wanted to. 

“I want to acknowledge publicly the great contribution she made to the city through her involvement in the Labour Party, and I’m pleased she was able to see the Party running the city once again before she passed away”.

Dolly and Ken Cooper were instrumental in cultivating an excellent relationship with York’s twin city of Munster and its twinning association, and became personal friends with some of its Members over many years, say fellow party Members.

Dolly’s funeral will take place at York Crematorium next Wednesday at 1.40pm.

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