Tributes to former Normanton mayor - sad loss of ‘true gentleman’ Mike

Outgoing Normanton mayor Denton Jones handing over chains of office to new mayor Mike Burch
Outgoing Normanton mayor Denton Jones handing over chains of office to new mayor Mike Burch

A FORMER mayor of Normanton and popular town councillor has died.

Mike Burch, a respected community figure in the town, died in hospital with his family around him following a short illness on Tuesday.

Coun Burch, 65, served as the town’s mayor during 2009-10 and was on the town council representing the Altofts ward since 2003.

He supported armed forces charity Help for Heroes, along with his wife Christine, during his time as mayor.

He also served as a member of the Rotary Club of Normanton.

Bob Burgess, Rotary club president, said: “The Rotary’s motto is “Service above Self” and that was certainly Mike Burch.

“He was a very friendly, well-liked and respected member of our club.

“He was a pleasure and a joy to be with and always had a smile on his face. He was a great conversationalist and thought tremendously about his wife and family.

“He was also very well respected among parishioners at St John’s Roman Catholic church.

“Mike was a true Rotarian and a true gentleman and he will be greatly missed.”

Normanton Town Council issued this statement: “The Town Council was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Coun Mike Burch.

“Mike served on Normanton Town Council representing the Altofts ward since 2003 and served the town as Mayor of Normanton during the 2009-10 municipal year, when he and his wife supported the Help for Heroes charity.

“Mike was actively involved in a number of the Town Council’s committees and his input will be greatly missed.

“Our thoughts and condolences go out to his widow Christine and his children and grandchildren at this very sad time.”

A reception into St John The Baptist Roman Catholic Church, on Newland Lane, Normanton, will be held from 7pm on Tuesday, June 19. Requiem mass will be celebrated at the church from 12.15pm the following day.