Tributes to Lynne Sparks

Tributes to Lynne Sparks, who was Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield May 2015 - May 2016 and May 2017 - February 2018.

Thank you to everyone who has sent us comments in memory of Lynne, here are some of the tributes:Lynne Sparks Mayor


'A tribute to our special daughter in law Lynne. Words cannot express our sadness, at this terrible time. Lynne you are in our thoughts and prayers every day, also Ian, Tom, Sian and Myfanwy.

love Anne and Len'

Mrs Anne Sparks

'I as Chair of the WHBC Tenant Panel would like to express the deep sadness at the great loss of Mayor Lynne Sparks from all of the Tenant Panel.  A lovely Lady and an inspiration to all.  Our thoughts are with Ian and her family.'

Mrs Rose Read, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council Tenant Panel

'Lynne was so approachable and supportive of the Youth Council. Always showing her encouragement, appreciation and support.  We are very sad to hear of her passing. Our thoughts are with Lynne's family and all those that loved her.'

Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council

'Lynne was a real role model who did a great deal for Welwyn-Hatfield and its community. She was an inspiration to other civic leaders around the county and beyond.

Hertfordshire has truly suffered a great loss.'

Councillor Alexander Curtis, Mayor of Ware

'So sorry Ian to you and your family for your loss. It was a privilege to spend some happy moments with you and Lynne. May Lynne Rest in Peace.'

Mr Ray Crawley

'My choir & I are deeply saddened by the news of Lynne's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go to Ian and their beautiful family.'

Glynis Rogers, Singing For Pleasure

'Lynne was always such a positive presence in all that she did and this is a tragic loss to the Community. Our thoughts are with Ian and the family.'

Mr Will Hobhouse, High Sheriff of Hertfordshire

 '"Say not to be sad that she died, but to be glad that she lived and walked among us"

As "our Mayor" she was a woman of the people - popular and ever ready to offer a helping hand, intensely interested in her community and with seemingly limitless energy.  It's difficult to believe that we shall never see her again, but so many of us have indelible memories of Lynne, she will never be forgotten.'

Dr Dennis Lewis, Welwyn Garden City

'We are very sorry to hear the tragic news about Lynne.  She supported us as a Trustee between 2016 and 2017, giving her time and passion to help us.

Our thoughts and sympathies go to Lynne's family and friends at this sad time.'

Mr John Pratten, Jubilee House Care Trust

'Lynne was truly unequalled. I knew her only a short time but her energy, passion, determination and care were enough to fill any room she was in.  A huge loss to Hatfield and to our county.'

Mr Jim McManus, Director of Public Health Hertfordshire

'A true selfless servant of the community. A pillar of the community who will be sadly missed.'

Mr Brian Towndrow

'The Catholics of Hatfield were deeply saddened to hear of Mayor Lynne Sparks' untimely passing, and we offer our prayers and our love to Ian and her family. Lynne lived the Gospel message of love and service and was a beacon in Hatfield.

It was a pleasure to work with Lynne on joint efforts and our parish branch of the Society of St Vincent de Paul, which works with people most in need, was often pointed by Lynne to people who could benefit from our practical help.

We shall miss her, and we shall remember her.'

Livinius Oyebuche, MSP, Roman Catholic Parishes of Marychurch with St Thomas More and St Peter's

'What a lovely Soul!!

You will always be in our heart and be remembered for your excellent work in our community. May your lovely soul rest in peace.'

Mrs Rachel Fabiyi, Open Heavens Christian Centre Hatfield

'I just wanted to say how sad I was to hear that Lynne Sparks had passed away.  She was a lovely lady.  I met her a few times at Neighbourhood watch meetings and then at different functions at the University.  She always made time to say hello.  She always had a smile.  What a huge loss to her family, friends and the community.  Please pass my condolences on.'

Mrs Lisa Toon

'A lovely lady who will greatly missed.'

Mr Allan Lammiman

'So sad to hear the news of Lynne she was a lovely person meeting her during her role as Mayor. Sorry Ian for your loss, my thoughts are with you and family.'

Mrs Pat Cox

'Deepest condolences to all her family and friends.'

Mrs Zoe Woodward, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

'I had the pleasure in meeting Lynn when I was asked to photograph her for the official WHDC Mayor's portrait. She was truly a lovely lady.'

Mr David Wheeler, David A Wheeler Photography

'Please pass our condolences to Lynne's family, we will be keeping them in our thoughts and prayers. Lynne took time to chat to the girls at Remembrance Parade back in November and find out about what they had been doing recently, pose for photos. The girls felt honoured to talk to her.'

Ms Kate Webbe, 17th Welwyn Garden City (Panshanger Church ) Rainbows, Brownies, Guides & Rangers

'I'm shocked and deeply saddened by the loss of a most amazing, selfless, caring woman. Lynne will be missed by so many as she touched the hearts of countless souls she encountered. The world has lost a true angel. God bless Lynne and God bless Ian and the family she left behind. Xxx'

Mrs Sharon Smith

'I only met Lynne a couple of times and I didn't really know her, but she always had a smile. I always heard such great things about her, she touched many lives. Sincere condolences to all her loved ones.'

Miss Sarah Reynolds

'And sadly missed by her friends on the other side of the world, down under.'

Miss Ngaire Alexander

'Having heard us sing at a school event Lynne invited Oaklands Primary School Choir to perform at her Multi Faith Services which we were proud and honoured to attend. Lynne had so much patience with the children in the choir with their many questions, particularly about her Chains of Office. She was hardworking, dedicated and a real inspiration. She will be very much missed by the Oaklands choir and we send our sincere condolences to her family.'

Mrs Su Murley

'I met Lynne at her first official event as Mayor, ironically my first outing as a new head too. This was at the Welwyn Baths in Autumn 2014. Lynne and Ian were so incredibly friendly and showed a genuine interest in the local community. Since then Lynne has been a staunch supporter of the school community. Lynne visited us at Oaklands Primary School several times either working on projects with the children, supporting school events and celebrations (including our 50th celebrations and presenting awards for bravery and recognition in teaching).The school community loved working with Lynne. Her calm drive and passion for doing good was addictive and we will miss her dearly. Lynne will certainly become a figure that we discuss at Oaklands as she embodies all of our core values. Lynne's achievements will be discussed with the children as a model of someone who took the time to make a difference, as someone who worked hard to pull communities together, as someone who took the risk to make a difference.'

Mrs Julie Petitt, Oaklands Primary School

'Deeply saddened to hear the sad news, our condolences go out to Lynne's family and to the Council.'

Councillor John Nodes, Mayor of Buntingford

'I was devastated by the news of Lynne's death.  Lynne and I shared a ward, and she was a superb and inspirational fellow councillor.  She was always cheerful and positive, and a very gracious mayor,  We will all miss her a great deal.'

Councillor Duncan Bell, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

'You were a kind and caring person who did so much for the Borough, you encouraged me to stand for election and I thank you for it.  You will be missed by so many.  With Love, Heather'

Councillor Heather Ciarleglio

'Lynne will be sorely missed, her dedication to the community was boundless.'

Mrs Annabelle Waterfield, Hertfordshire Action on Disability

'To Lynne, you truly were an inspiration. From the first time meeting you, you were supporting Acorn Playgroup & Pre-School at a charity fundraiser on your day off (though I'm not sure you ever had a day off from supporting your community!), I knew you were a remarkable, kind and caring lady. Our family have been lucky enough to witness that kindness on several occasions over the years, not least this summer when you took the time to comfort an overwhelmed 6 year old. That 6 year old who treasures her sticker from the mayor "it's magic mummy, the mayor touched it, it must be magic". Lynne your legacy is the warmth and love that you shared, your magical touch. Rest in peace, from the Bishop Family'

Mrs Leann Bishop

'RIP Mayor, thank you for all you have done for the community. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends x'

Ms Mandy Hill, Parent at Oakland's Primary School

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