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Sudden death of Cllr. Barrie Scorer

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Leading South Tyneside Labour councillor dies suddenly

Curly wishes to note this sad moment and pass on his thoughts, prayers, condolences and wishes to his family.

A big man with a big sense of wit and humour he was difficult to ignore, and he served a term as Mayor of South Tyneside too in 1988, I often bumped into him in Morrisons in Jarrow and he always had a smile on his face and time for whoever wished to pass a few words.

Despite being very “old school Labour” he was one of those local politicians who did not find it difficult to put politics to one side and genuinely interact at a human level with his opponents.

The Leader of South Tyneside Council, Councillor Iain Malcolm, said: “I was terribly upset to hear of Barrie’s death; not only has the council lost a very good Cabinet member but I have lost a very dear and valued friend and the people of Jarrow have lost a councillor who assiduously defended their interests.”Barrie was a larger-than-life character, noted for his deep knowledge and love of local history as well as his wit, warmth and charm. As Mayor, he presided over council meetings with fairness and good humour, and was respected by both sides of the chamber. Our thoughts are with Barrie’s family and friends at this very sad time.”

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Written by curly

December 14, 2009 at 11:21 pm

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  1. A very genuine tribute Curly. It will be echoed by all those who knew Barrie.

    I spy

    December 15, 2009 at 10:35 am

  2. Thankyou so much for your message, Barrie Scorer was my uncle and a very wonderful, great and hard working man. Its great to see messages like this and thank you once again xxx

    Caroline Pearson

    December 15, 2009 at 3:36 pm

  3. Barrie was a man of integrity who never forgot his roots. He knew how his roots were planted. He will be a miss in the Jarrow Town Centre, South Tyneside Council and the Labour Party.

    Mel Churchill

    December 15, 2009 at 4:23 pm

  4. Barrie was an absolute gentleman. So deeply saddened by his loss. Our prayers are with his family and many friends.

    David Potts

    December 16, 2009 at 6:12 pm

  5. Barrie will be deeply missed. A true friend, comrade and socialist. Rest in Peace

    Peter Murray

    December 21, 2009 at 9:18 am

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