Tribute to former councillor John Pantall

As you may have heard, yesterday we lost a stalwart friend and ally as John Pantall sadly passed away.

John was a remarkable man in so many ways and a tremendous public servant for almost forty years. His commitment to the Liberal Democrats and Stockport Council was second to none and he was well-respected across the Council chamber. Loyal and reliable, John would never let you down – if he said he was going to do something, he could be guaranteed to follow through. John was a stalwart supporter of the causes he believed in and indefatigable in his efforts to represent the people of Cheadle Hulme North who he represented so assiduously over the years.

He was also a personal friend of many years standing, and I will miss his wise counsel. A kind and generous man who did not let his advancing years get in the way of a full and active life. I visited him in Stepping Hill just a few days ago, and he was keen to catch up on the Town Hall gossip and share his views on what needed to be done(!) – bright and alert almost to the end.

At this sad time, our thoughts and condolences are with Marlis and his family who I know were with him at the end. A great guy who will be sadly missed by all who knew him, a one-off and a legend in Cheadle Lib Dem circles.

RIP John.


Cllr Mark Hunter
Leader of the Council
Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group
Stockport MBC

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