Tributes to Lynne Sparks Continued

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:

'It is with great sadness that I received the news of Lynne's passing. I enjoyed many civic occasions with Lynne and was always impressed with her passion for the role of Mayor and her dedication to the community. The "chain gang" will be a much sadder group without her beaming smile and she will be greatly missed by all of us. On behalf of the residents and councillors of East Herts our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Ian and the family at this tragic time.'

Councillor Jeff Jones, Chairman East Herts Council

'Our most deepest and sincere condolences to the whole Sparks Family. Lynne was such an incredible supporter of the work of Resolve as she was supporting everyone she ever met. She was tireless in promoting Resolve and our work. Lynne's extraordinary enthusiasm and incredible presence was felt by everyone she came in to contact with. We shall remember her for her generosity, sensitivity, enthusiasm, her great wit and kindness. Lynne will be so sadly missed.'

Mr Joe Heeney, Resolve

'I only have met her twice but on both occasions I was struck by how kind and genuine she was. She visited my son's school at Oaklands primary. There are around 300-400 children in the school. My son is very shy but rather than move on to the next child and finish quicker she was patient and took the time to speak with him until he felt confident enough to speak. I'm so grateful for that and will always remember her kindness that day.'

Mrs Courtenay Swain

'She was a wonderful person with a big heart, always help those who needed it. She will be really miss by all. R.I.P'

Mr Paul Nobbs

'We are deeply saddened to hear of Lynne's passing.  She was the Guest of Honour at our Swimming Galas on more than one occasion. Her help and good humour shone through to everyone.  She was an exceptional woman and her loss will be felt by all who came in contact with her.  Our condolences go  to her husband and family.'

Mrs Pamela Davis, Secretary Platypus Swimming Club for the Handicapped

'Deeply sorry to hear of Lynne's passing.

A thoughtful and caring lady and mayor who championed local charities and supported our school (Oakland's Primary) Will be sadly missed.'

Mrs Rachel Canter, Oaklands Primary School

'Lynne was a close friend to Hertfordshire Students' Union and the University of Hertfordshire. She always knew what was going on and how to talk to students and young people about her work. Her commitment and care will never be forgotten and we will continue to deliver on the projects she started and the influence that she had.

Lynne was absolutely integral to our community and we will always be grateful'

Miss Shelby Loasby, Hertfordshire Students' Union

'The congregation was deeply saddened by the untimely passing of Lynne Sparks. She shared many festivals with us - standing out in the freezing fog, outside the Howard Centre while we lit the giant Menorah for Chanukah, comes to mind. It was typical of her dedication to her duty, to be seen as a living symbol of the Council. We will miss her and in the Jewish tradition, we wish her family long life.'

Mr Reynold Rosenberg, Welwyn Garden City Hebrew Congregation

'Lynne was an amazing person and local leader who I was privileged to meet with. Her positivity was a real force for good in Hatfield. She leaves a strong legacy of caring about difficult issues (homelessness, mental health, addiction and litter) and actually doing something about them. My thoughts go out to her family.'

Mrs Marian Hurle, Clean Up Hatfield Campaign

'Lynne was not only a dedicated councillor and Mayor, she was an exceptional friend to me and my family. We will remember her for her love,warmth and the laughter we shared.

Our hearts go out to Ian,Tom,Sian and Myfanwy x'

Mrs Lorraine Rigby

'Full recognition needs to be given to Lynne for the work she did with the Hatfield Night Shelter. She gave freely of her own time to get the project off the ground and was an ever present for the first couple of months. She made a huge difference to the lives of the people in that project and will be greatly missed. I emailed her in December to say how much impact she had made. Her humble reply was simply to say "Thank you, that means a lot".  Thank you for your fantastic service to the community Lynne.'

Councillor Helen Quenet

'Lynne was an absolute fantastic councillor for Welwyn Hatfield and one of the best mayors of Welwyn Hatfield. A very friendly, kind, and was working her head off for the residents when they needed her most. My thoughts go to Ian and family.'

Mr Jonny Ross

'What a shock to hear of Lynne's death. So sad, we are very very sorry. We send our sincere condolences to her family. Welwyn Hatfield will miss her greatly.'

John and Christine Hawkins, first Mayor and Mayoress, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

'Lynne was an inspiring figurehead for the local Council, and a great supporter of local causes and residents. She will be greatly missed.'

Mr Chris Goward, Old Hatfield Residents Association

'It is with great sadness that we learnt today of the untimely death of Lynne, she was a great ambassador and will be sadly missed by us all. Our condolence go out to her family.'

Councillor Alan and Maureen Millard, Chairman North Herts District Council

'Woolmer Green Parish Council is saddened to hear of the passing of such a dedicated Councillor. Sincere condolences to Lynne's family at this difficult time.'

Janet Pearce, Woolmer Green Parish Council

'Farewell my dear friend Lynne.  Having met you 30 odd years ago and seen what you have achieved you are certainly to be admired for your strength and mostly for how you cared about everyone.  I always thought I would see you again but alas this is not to be.  I am very sadden that you have left us but hope that you were at peace.  Fly free my wee English angel xxx'

Mrs Colleen Newberty, New Zealand

'Thoughts to Lynne's family at this very sad time.'

Mrs Michele Cook

'Lynne was such an inspiration and her legacy lives on  within me so I know that it lives on in many others. It is indeed a devastating loss.

What a wonderful achievement she has attained in that so many have been personally changed by her presence.  I wish for myself that when I'm gone I could have achieved half the positive impact that Lynne has and I will be happy. I feel that she lives on within us, within the many people she has influenced for the better. I hope this will provide Lynne's family with some solace in their loss. Love and blessings, Zohar, Michael Marer & baby Eden.'

Mrs Zohar Marer

'Lynne led the 1st Hatfield Health Walk back in 2016. She is known, respected and admired by many of the Health Walkers.

She was a real force for good in Hatfield and led and supported many causes and excellent new initiatives. She will be sadly missed, but her memory and the example she set, will live on. 

Our sincere condolences to Ian and all Lynne's family.'

Health Walk Leaders of Hatfield and all the Hatfield Health Walker,  Herts CC Healthwalks

'I had the pleasure of working with Lynne. She was a delightful lady and really helped me. I am terribly shocked and saddened and pray for Lynne and all her family. Her smile and calming energy will stay with me forever.'

Miss Tara-Mary Lyons, Indiefield

'A perfect lady in an imperfect world who will be sadly missed'

Councillor Martin Worster

'Very sorry to hear of Lynn's death.  We enjoyed her company at a number of events around the county earlier in the Mayoral year, and can understand what a loss this is to her community. Our condolences to her family.'

Councillor Jamie Day, Deputy Mayor, St Albans City & District Council

'The Baha'is of Welwyn were very sad to hear of the sudden passing of Lynne Sparks. She spoke so eloquently and sincerely at our Bicentenary celebration in October. She was a champion of so many good causes and will be a great loss to Welwyn Hatfield.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this difficult time and we pray to for the progress of her soul'

Mrs Erica Leith, Baha'is of Welwyn

'On behalf of all members of the Rotary Club of Welwyn Garden City, we wish to record our sadness at the untimely death of Mayor Lynne Sparks. We know of no better example and inspiration to others in the field of Community Service. Lynne will be sadly missed.   

Rotary's motto is "Service above Self" and it would have been Lynne's too.'

Mr John Walton, Welwyn Garden City Rotary Club

'An amazing and inspiring person and a fabulous friend. Greatly missed but remembered forever.'

Jo and Neil Burgess

'Lynne will be sadly missed, by all who knew her. She was a loyal and respected colleague from across the political divide.'

Councillor Darren Bennett

'I was shocked and saddened by the news that Lynne had passed away, after so very recently falling ill. I only got to meet Lynne very briefly but am fully aware of the charitable work that she was involved with.

I cannot imagine what Lynne's family are going through at the moment and offer our support and condolences to Ian and the rest of his family at this very difficult time.'

Mr Richard Harvey, St Albans Sea Cadets

'I still find it hard to comprehend the fact that Lynne is no longer with us. I did not know her well but she was very supportive of our work around the public engagement with research and facilitated our exhibition in the Galleria in 2016. I totally admired her commitment and dedication both to the Hatfield community and her family. Such a great loss. May her family take strength in what she has left behind. My sincere condolences to them.'

Dr Catherine Manthorpe, University of Hertfordshire

'I am so sorry and sad to hear about Lynne. She was an incredible person and such an inspiration. My thoughts and prayers with the family at this difficult time.'

Mr Alex Mortimer

'I had the privilege to meet Mayor Lynne Sparks several times during the summer of 2017.  The first thing that struck me about Mayor Lynne was her warmth, and compassion.  She had such elegance and was just so genuine.   She listened to people and had such admirable empathy. She had a real heartfelt  concern for whatever she was doing and carried out her duties so professionally and graciously.  She seemed to have a real understanding of the sense of occasion or purpose.  She could read a room and was so approachable.  She seemed a real people person who communicated so well with her words, actions, or a gesture like a look or one of her lovely smiles. She always looked nice in her lovely dresses and had a sparkle and radiance. 

Lynne was fantastic with the children on her school visits.  A great role model for our community.  She always made my son feel special with a "I met the mayor" sticker or giving us a photo opportunity.  I think she was a very giving, generous, supportive considerate person with values and dacorum.  She had a sense of understanding of what was important to any given person at any given time and she would try and assist them.   

I am so very sad to have read the news of Lynne passing.  It is so very sad and my heart goes out to her family.  She was a fantastic Mayor forever young who has left a legacy we can all be thankful for.  Such a good Mayor must have been the most amazing mother and wife and her caring and kindness will live on in all of her family as they will carry her in their heart forever. 

"What the heart has once owned, loved and had ...it shall never loose nor time impair"

God bless her memory and her family at this time of loss.

Claire, Tony and Jack John Silver'

Mrs Claire Silver, Clairefrancesphotogography.co.uk

'I had the privilege of knowing Lynne during my time as CEO of Isabel Hospice, which she generously supported in many ways.  Her passion for the community she served with such dedication and her care and concern for those in need of support were an inspiration to us all.  I was so sorry to hear of her premature passing; my deepest sympathy goes to Ian and the family.'

Mr Nigel Furlong

'I was a only a passerby looking for info about Welwyn Hatfield, its history and people... But deeply moved by the stories about Cllr Lynne Sparks. The heaven must be in anxious need of an angel therefore taken such a person from Lynne's family, friends and folks...

Knowing little about other prayers, as a buddhist, may the merit of my practices relieve the suffering of Lynne's loved ones, may the merit of my prayers transfer to Lynne for her rest in peace. Namo Amitābha Buddha!'

Mr Luke Kou, Kingston upon Thames, Six Dusts Lab

'Lynne had the remarkable gift of being able to communicate with every body in a way that made us all feel special. Lynne was greatly appreciated by members of the Welwyn Garden City Branch of the Royal British Legion for whom she was Vice President. RIP.'

Rev John Churcher, President and Padre, Welwyn Garden City Branch, Royal British Legion

'All of us at Hatfield House will so miss Lynne's energy, enthusiasm and kindness and remember all the work she has done on behalf of our local community. Our deepest condolences go to Ian and the family.'

Hannah Salisbury

'Dear Ian.  Very sorry about the sad death of Lynne . Sincere condolences to you and your family.  She was a wonderful lady who did so much for the  local  community. Her memory and legacy will  be sustainable and will  last well into the future. We shall all have to carry on her good work . we will be doing well to do it half as well as she did. best wishes Jonathan'

Mr Jonathan Fisher, Chairman Old Hatfield Residents Association, Vice Chairman Mill Green Renewable Energy Trust

'Everyone at Hatfield House was very distressed to hear of Lynne Sparks's untimely death. She was a wonderful servant to Welwyn and Hatfield and will always be remembered, in particular for her vision in promoting the Rough Sleepers initiative at St Luke's Church.'

Robert Salisbury, Hatfield House


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