A POPULAR former Mayor and councillor in Chesterfield has died aged 81.
Nicky Qasi was elected as a Liberal Democrat councillor for Brockwell ward in 1987, a seat he held until he retired in May 2011.
He was appointed as Mayor of Chesterfield in 2004, with his late wife Adrienne as Mayoress.
Originally from Pakistan, Nicky graduated from University in Lahore with an engineering degree.
He first came to the UK in 1951 to work in Leicester, where he met Adrienne.
The couple married in 1954 and went on to have three daughters, Robina, Surriya and Fara.
Nicky worked with a variety of companies in Pakistan and the UK.
He finally settled in Newbold, Chesterfield in 1969, working for Davy United of Sheffield. He went on to gain a PhD in 1974 and joined the Research Laboratories of British Steel and took early retirement in 1990.
Chesterfield Council leader Coun John Burrows said: “Everyone who knew Nicky had the utmost regard for him. He was a true gentleman and was a very warm and open individual. He will be sadly missed and our sympathy goes to all his family and friends.”
The funeral takes place tomorrow, at Chesterfield Crematorium at 10.15 am, followed by private burial.
A Chesterfield Council spokeswoman said: “The funeral cortege will pass in front of the Town Hall at approximately 9.45am.
“Anyone who is not attending the funeral but would like to pay their respects should be in front of the Town Hall by 9.40am. Donations can be made to Ashgate Hospice.”