Death of Councillor Tim Oliver

Last updated: 25/05/2014 19:18:05

Walsall Labour leader, Councillor Tim Oliver has passed away after a long and painful battle with cancer.

The 56 year-old died at his home on Saturday morning, 24 May 2014.

Cllr Oliver had been councillor for Birchills and Leamore ward for 18 years and had also been director of Palfrey Community Association.

Close friend and colleague Councillor Sean Coughlan said Cllr Oliver died doing what he had done all his adult life, working on behalf of ordinary people and totally committed to the causes that had shaped his life.

"Our condolences at this time go to Tim’s loved ones," he said.

"My friend was a socialist, conviction politician and community activist. Up to his last days he never stopped striving for the causes he held dear.

"Even though he was seriously ill, he still shaped the Labour Party’s manifesto for the May elections and continued working to safeguard Palfrey Community Association’s future.

"He believed that politics was not about oneself but about others. He thought that securing the best deal for ordinary people was a duty not a choice.

"He was committed to safeguarding the vulnerable and making sure that those less well off didn’t get left behind or forgotten."

Walsall Council Leader, Cllr Mike Bird said: “It’s always very sad to lose a political colleague. He bore his illness with great integrity and courage.

"Tim was a long time politician in Walsall who understood health and social care very well and he will be sadly missed by all in the council chamber.”

Cllr Ian Shires, leader of the Liberal Democrats in Walsall added: "It's a sad loss to us all. He was formidable in debate and passionate in his beliefs.

"Walsall will be poorer for his passing. RIP Tim."

Mayor of Walsall Councillor Mohammad Nazir said: "This is a big loss for Walsall. Tim was a great leader and a great man who had a lot of respect from across the community."