Tributes paid to ‘Mr Pocklington’

The late Stephen Lane
The late Stephen Lane

Family and colleagues of a long-serving councillor have paid heartfelt tributes to him.

Stephen Lane was a Pocklington Provincial ward councillor for the past nine years, along with Claude Mole and Kay West. He had been a councillor for more than 30 years in the East Riding, as a parish councillor and a county councillor.

Family man...Stephen Lane.

Family man...Stephen Lane.

He was married to Jose and had two daughters and four grandchildren.

He died in hospital after a long battle with cancer, aged 67.

The former Pocklington School pupil, who was born and lived in Low Catton, was also a farmer for more than 30 years.

Jose said: “He was well known in the area.

“His family and his council work were top of his list.

“He liked watching a bit of rugby. He used to play for Pocklington School in his younger days.

“He will be dearly missed by a lot of people.”

Kay said: “Steve was a loyal member of East Riding Council and was very proud to belong and serve residents on the authority. He was a staunch member of the Conservative Party. He took part in all activities of the party at local and area level. His wife Jose, has received no end of communications from well wishers from the East Riding. He has left a large hole in people’s lives, all who knew him always found him to be jovial and up to the end, he was still taking a great interest into what was happening at the council and telling his jokes.

“He was very keen and concerned about sorting other peoples problems, trying to make everyone’s life easier and happier. Steve was a loyal member of the community and had a great deal of experience and knowledge of East Riding area.”

During his time as a councillor, Stephen was made vice chairman of the western area planning committee and he was also on the staff terms and conditions committee.

In the last 12 months he had been on the health, care and wellbeing committee, and previously he had been a member of the environment and regeneration scrutiny committee and served as the vice chairman.

Leader of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, cllr Stephen Parnaby OBE, also paid tribute to cllr Lane.

He said: “I was saddened to hear about councillor Lane’s death. He was a dedicated ward member who worked hard for his residents.

“I would like to pass on my sympathies to cllr Lane’s family on behalf of everyone at East Riding of Yorkshire Council. He will be greatly missed.”

On outside bodies he was a long standing member of the Ouse Drainage Board and Thornton Drainage Board. He represented Low Catton Parish Council on the East Riding and Northern Lincolnshire Local Councils Association for many years.

Mayor of Pocklington, cllr Martin Ratcliffe, said cllr Lane was a tireless support of the town council, as well as a close friend.

He said: “It came as quite a shock because the last time I had seen him was just before Christmas and he was quite chirpy.

“I knew him for a number of years before I joined the council, because his daughter and my youngest son were head boy and girl at Woldgate School.

“He was a good friend to us because we used to meet him and his wife socially as well as at town council events. He gave the town council a lot of support and will be sadly missed in this area.”

Cllr Lane’s funeral will be held at All Saints’ Church in Low Catton at 2pm on 29 February, which would have been his 68th birthday.