By Christian Barnett – Local Democracy Reporter

Tributes from across the political spectrum have been made to a “first class councillor” and “local political legend” who has died.

Former long-serving city councillor and deputy leader Geoff Williams, who only retired from the council in May after 19 years service, was diagnosed with cancer in the summer.

Tributes quickly poured in from friends and former colleagues.

Former city MP Mike Foster tweeted: “Terribly sad news. Geoff was a first class councillor; a wise head to consult and loyal friend. He will be sorely missed.

“Thoughts are with Moira and the family at this time.”

Mayor of Worcester Councillor Jabba Riaz tweeted: “Extremely saddened to hear the peaceful passing of local political legend Geoff Williams. A great and unselfish man.”

Worcester MP Robin Walker tweeted: “Very sad to hear this news, Geoff served Worcester for many years and was recently made an Alderman of the city for his distinguished service, across the political spectrum he will be missed and my thoughts are with his family.”

Cllr Marc Bayliss, leader of Worcester City Council, said the death came as a “real shock” and was “very sad news.”

He said: “I worked with Geoff for a very long period of time.

“Geoff had a really high intellect and was thoroughly dedicated to his work as a city councillor.

“He is somebody I will miss and he is somebody who will be sorely missed by the people of Worcester.”

Cllr Alan Feeney said he was “incredibly saddened” to hear of Mr Williams death.

He said: “We may have disagreed on how to do things at times, but I thoroughly respected Geoff for his passion for the causes he believed in.”

Cllr Roger Berry, said he found Mr Williams to be the “most dutiful councillor” in the 20 years he knew him.

“He was extremely assiduous in his duties. His interests in planning were well known to all and he was recognised as an expert.

“His loss is a great blow to those who have known him and I send my condolences to his family.”