TRIBUTES have been paid to ‘hard-working gentleman’ and former city councillor Roger Hughes who has died at his Sheffield home aged 87.
The retired music teacher, who once worked at the Central Technical School, on Leopold Street, and Ashleigh School, Gleadless, represented Beauchief Ward from 1992 to 2000 and was married to Sheila.
He was one of Sheffield’s initial wave of Lib Dem councillors, eventually seeing his party take power at the Town Hall for the first time a year before he stood down.
Lib Dem colleagues said Mr Hughes retained a big interest in music after his retirement from teaching and was well known for being a ‘gentleman and extremely hard working’.
Roger and Sheila were stalwarts of the party’s Sheffield Heeley branch and Mr Hughes was an election agent.
He was former leader Peter Moore’s agent when he first stood in 1987 and when he was first elected in 1990.
Coun Moore said: “Roger was one of the key people responsible for the work in the late ’80s and early ’90s which paved the way for the Lib Dems becoming a major political force in Sheffield.
“But Roger’s qualities go well beyond his work as a councillor and campaigner.
“Roger was both a gentle man and gentleman.
“I cannot remember hearing him say a bad word about anyone and he was always driven by doing the right thing for Sheffield, regardless of party politics.
“He was very genuine and extremely hardworking.
“But you cannot talk about Roger without mentioning his wife Sheila, too. They came as a double act, seemingly sharing and doing everything together. I know he will be sadly missed.”
Friends and family of Mr Hughes, a father of four children, Richard, Philippa, Jocelyn and Robin, will gather for his funeral at Abbey Lane Cemetery Chapel on Friday, November 25, followed by cremation.