Tributes have started to come in from friends and family of Charles Myers, who passed away yesterday:
Cllr Ross Carter, Brentwood North councillor
The party has lost one of its very best, but for us, we have lost a friend.
Cllr Karen Chilvers, Constituency Chair and Brentwood West councillor
Charles was just one of the most decent and honourable people you could ever hope to meet. We will all miss him immensely and we know that no-one can replace him, not only in terms of what he did for his colleagues and for the local party, but also in our affections.
James Sapwell, former Brentwood North councillor
Charles was simply a colossus. He was a great listener, always willing to offer advice but never one to force his thoughts on you. He was encouraging, reliable and consistent. He knew the party inside out and I will never forget turning up on his and Pauline's doorstep for advice shortly after becoming party Chairman in a time of need. His willingness to help and support me truly meant a great deal. He was tremendously loyal, thoughtful and a passionate advocate of Liberal politics. Even as he became unwell his support never wavered and without him (amongst others) I would not have been elected in 2011. We have lost a true great. It is as simple as that.
Cllr John Newberry, Brentwood West councillor
Two years ago, I joined the Brentwood Lib/Dem group and met lots of nice people. One that stood out was Charles. He was a very calm natured man with a warm personality, always ready to help and give advice. Shortly after joining, I stood for election in Brentwood West and the immense help and advice that Charles gave to me helped win the day. I had got to know Charles a lot better by that time and I realised why I was a strong Lib/Dem, the reason, because of people like Charles, who helped build the foundation on which I stand.
Cllr Jill Hubbard, Warley councillor
I was shocked and saddened to hear that Charles has passed away. My heartfelt sympathies and condolences go to his wife and constant companion Pauline and their sons. Charles has been an exceptionally hard-working member of the Liberal Democrat Party in Brentwood well before the twenty-odd years that I've been a member. In that time he has been dedicated to serving the Party and community in various ways, not least as a Councillor for Pilgrim's Hatch. He has also represented us as Brentwood's Mayor. I had the pleasure of being Deputy Leader when he was Leader of the Liberal Democrat group and always found him unfailingly courteous, reliable, astute, conscientious, brilliant at checking the Council's financial accounts and dedicated to furthering fair and liberal principles in our Borough. He will be sorely missed.
Cllr Vicky Davies, Pilgrims Hatch Councillor
Charles, a former Mayor, leader of the group and long standing hard working Pilgrims Hatch ward councillor. He was a man of high integrity and intelligence who was respected by councillors across the council chamber not just for his expertise but also his calm courteous manner, It was truly a privilege to have worked with Charles. He was a politician whose calm caring manner for his residents and his belief in fairness and equality came before political gain. He will be sadly missed.