Tributes pour in for June

March 24 2017

TRIBUTES have been paid to "comrade" June Lovell who has died at the age of 85.

TRIBUTES have been paid to "comrade" June Lovell who has died at the age of 85.

The former Labour councillor spent her 20-year political career serving the area of Cadbury Heath and the wider district of South Gloucestershire.

June Govett was born on September 2, 1931 and grew up in Timsbury with her younger brother David. She starting working at Fry's in Keynsham and later at Purnells, marrying Arnold Lovell on June 6, 1953.

The couple, who enjoyed travelling and going on cruises, started living in Hanham before moving to The Tapsters, Cadbury Heath, where they lived for more than sixty years. 

They had two children, Martyn and Richard, and later became grandparents to five grandchildren and five great grandchildren. 

June took up auxiliary nursing at Cossham Hospital and became a community nurse. 

She was first elected to Kingswood Council for the ward of Cadbury Heath in 1987 and again in 1991 and served until the council was abolished in 1996. She was the council’s last ever deputy mayor.

June and Arnold were then elected together for the new Parkwall ward, which covers Cadbury Heath, when South Gloucestershire was first created in 1995 and was re-elected in 1999 and 2003. They both retired voluntarily in 2007.

June was vice-chair of South Gloucestershire Council from May 2003 to May 2004 and served the district as its chair from May 2004 to May 2005.

June was also a school governor and a volunteer at a stroke club. 

In her later years June suffered with Alzheimer's and dementia. After the death of her husband in January 2016, she moved into the Beeches Care Home, and later the Laurels Care Home in Timsbury, where she spent her final days and died peacefully on February 14.

Cllr Pat Rooney, leader of South Gloucestershire Council's Labour group, said: "June, along with her husband Arnold, were stalwarts of the local political scene. They were committed advocates for Cadbury Heath and good friends and comrades to all of us in the Labour Team. We mourn her passing and send our condolences to her family.”

Fellow Labour councillor Shirley Potts, who represents the ward of Staple Hill, said: "I remember June working tirelessly for the residents of her ward and taking a prominent part in community activities. As a result of her professional background as a nurse she was extremely interested in promoting good health and particularly in improving the quality of life of stroke victims.

"I remember especially her infectious sense of humour and her overwhelming kindness.”

Former South Gloucestershire Council chairman Ian Boulton said: "June and Arnold Lovell were the first people to welcome me into the Labour movement when I joined the party in my 20s.   It was for good reason that many of us knew June simply as ‘Mother’ and she is sorely missed."