Aldwick councillor and ‘great public servant’ Jacqui Maconachie has died, Arun District Council has confirmed.
Tributes have been to Mrs Maconachie, who died at home on Friday following a battle with cancer.
Bognor Regis and Littlehampton MP Nick Gibb said the Aldwick West member, who leaves behind fellow councillor and husband, Dougal, would be deeply missed.
He said: “Jacqui Maconachie was a great public servant who fought for and loved her adopted town of Bognor Regis.
“She worked tirelessly for the people she represented in Aldwick and for the wider Arun District area.
“Jacqui had strong principles and beliefs and was a lifelong and active Conservative. She will be deeply missed by her husband Dougal, her friends and family and by those she represented. I will miss her quick wit and her friendship.”
Mrs Maconachie served on Arun for 22 years, becoming chairman of the council between 2001 and 2002.
She also chaired the development control committee and local plan sub-committee.
A statement released by Arun said the council’s thoughts were with her loved ones.
Nigel Lynn, Arun chief executive, said: “Jacqui was passionate and determined councillor who cared and worked hard. Jacqui will be missed by so many, and on behalf of Arun District Council, I offer my sincere condolences to her family and friends.”
Leader of the opposition, Liberal Democrat councillor Dan Purchese, said Mrs Maconachie was a ‘brilliant’ councillor.
“She was a passionate voice for the community she represented, both inside and outside the council chamber. I know that she will be sorely missed by councillors of all political colours, who respected her greatly. Jacqui always spoke from the heart and from a principled position, and she was a pleasure to debate with.
“I will always remember with genuine affection Jacqui’s willingness to offer her thoughts, help and advice. Our thoughts are with her husband Dougal, her family and her friends at this time.”