Touching tributes have been paid to a long-serving former parish councillor who has died, aged 69.
Nigel Brook, who served on Sitlington Parish Council for more than 34 years, died at his home in Middlestown on November 18.
Janet Brook, his wife of 43 years, said: “He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather.
“He had a brilliant sense of humour and loved helping the community.
“Everyone liked him, he was such a lovely man. People have told me he was an inspiration because he was so positive and kept going despite being unwell.
“The care he received from Middlestown Health Centre was absolutely outstanding and I can’t thank them enough.”
Mrs Brook, of New Road, added:”We had a wonderful life together and he will be sorely missed by all his family.”
Mr Brook joined the parish council in 1979 and served as chairman three times before stepping down in March 2013.
He was also the parish council’s representative for the Walker and Greenwood Educational Charity and the Thornhill Poors Estate Charity.
In 2011 the Express presented him with a lifetime achievement award for his work on the parish council and his service to the community.
Andrew Shaw, secretary of the Thornhill Poors Estate Charity, said: “Nigel was a wonderful person who gave his time so freely to help others.
“He was of a breed that is few and far between and he leaves the community to mourn a great loss at his passing.”
Mr Brook was managing director of his family’s firm, Dixon Hall, ironmongers and industrial suppliers. He retired in 2005.
He also served as a governor at Middlestown Junior and Infant School for 20 years.
Mr Brook leaves his widow, Janet, son Howard, daughter Helena and four grandchildren.