It is with great sadness that Oldham Council announces the passing of long-serving Royton North councillor, Tony Larkin.
The 63-year-old Labour party member first became a councillor in 1996 and subsequently also served as vice chairman of the Planning Committee, chair of the Royton District Executive and a member of the Royton Community Fund.
A well-respected ward member, he also served on the council’s Housing, Audit, Licensing and Education committees amongst others.
As well as his council duties, Cllr Larkin also served on various governing bodies of local schools and was a former member of the St Aiden and Oswald’s Parish Council and the Institute of Advanced Motorists.
Cllr Jean Stretton, Leader of Oldham Council, said: “I am deeply saddened to learn of Tony Larkin’s death.”
“Tony was a very dedicated ward member who worked very hard to represent all his residents, especially the more vulnerable members of our community.
“He was a positive force and influence – and a good listener for anyone who wanted his time.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Tony’s family and friends at this very difficult time.”
The borough flag is flying at half-mast today as a mark of respect.
Books of Condolence will be placed in the Rochdale Road Reception at the Civic Centre and at Royton Town Hall for those wishing to pay their own tributes to Cllr Larkin.
You can also contribute to an online book of condolence that will shortly be added to the Council website at www.oldham.gov.uk/tonylarkin
Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.