Date posted: 30-08-2013
THURROCK councillor and community champion, Diana Hale has lost her long struggle with cancer.
The Stifford Clays councillor and former principal of Thurrock Adult Community College had been fighting cancer since 2007.
But in those six years, Diana (66) had showed an indomitable spirit and tenacity even turning up to her final council meeting last month despite being very unwell.
Over the years, Diana had developed a special love for Davy Down park. Her strawberry tea for breast cancer was a highlight of the summer season.
Elected as member for Stifford Clays, Cllr Hale had represented the area for many years before the council gained unitary status in 1997 when she had to resign because she became a council employee as principal of the Thurrock Adult College.
Returning ten years later, she championed the Davey Down Trust, a member of the Thames Chase Joint Committee, became cabinet member for education in 2010 and her enthusiasm for younger people was seen in May this year when she became chair of the Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee.
Thurrock Council Leader, Cllr John Kent, said on Thursday (29 August): “I am deeply saddened. Diana was a long-time and true personal friend as well as a tireless worker for people less fortunate than herself.
“Her whole ethos was to try and improve other people’s lives and the world is a darker place with her passing.”
As a personal tribute to Diana Hale, here are four films we made over the past four years. We are sure you will agree that all the films show how Diana was embedded with the Thurrock community.
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