Blackpool BC’s former chief executive Steve Weaver has died in a cycling accident.
Mr Weaver, chief executive from 2002-11, lost his life while cycling in France.
Council leader Simon Blackburn (Lab), said: “I am shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Steve’s passing.
“He was a towering figure in local government, who served the people of Blackpool with passion, tenacity and diplomacy for a decade.
“He brought huge amounts of funding and prestige to the resort, and nobody could ever doubt his commitment to the town. He will be sadly missed by all those of us who had the privilege of working with him.”
Current chief executive Neil Jack said: “Steve cared passionately about Blackpool and dedicated himself to improving the town during his time as chief executive of the council.”
Mr Weaver was originally a planner, and before joining Blackpool spent 27 years at Blackburn with Darwen BC where he became executive director (community and personal).