Ian Greenwood (Lab), a former leader of Bradford City MDC and chair of the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum, has died.
Lately a councillor for the Bolton and Undercliffe ward, he was twice leader of Bradford City MDC, and had served as a councillor for West Yorkshire CC.
As well as chairing the pension fund forum – a role he previously filled between 2008-13 – he was the vice chair of the West Yorkshire Pension Fund, and chair of the Northern Pool of local government pension funds.
In 2013 he was awarded an OBE for services to local government.
Susan Hinchcliffe (Lab), current Bradford leader, said: “This is an enormous loss to Bradford district. For a generation, Ian was possibly the most recognisable and certainly one of the most influential figures in Bradford politics.
“He was immensely proud to be able to serve the people of his home city which he loved dearly, and he wore his passion for the place and its people like a badge of honour.
“Ian was a pragmatic, big tent politician motivated by an overwhelming desire to bring people together to do the right thing for Bradford. His leadership transcended cultural, community and political party boundaries, and his legacy and impact will be long lasting.”
Kersten England, chief executive of the council, said: “Many, many people in the council, the pension fund and across the district in our communities, public services and businesses have worked with Ian over the years and will be sharing a huge sense of loss today.
“Ian worked tirelessly on behalf of Bradford bringing a unique and irreplaceable wealth of experience, wisdom and insight to his work.”