Tributes to former Sunderland mayor and magistrate

Andrew Myers

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a former city chief who dedicated his life to improving his community.

Andrew Myers, a past mayor of Sunderland, has died aged 87.

As a ward member for Sunderland City Council, he was first elected as a Labour councillor in 1970 for Pallion, then went on to represent the Grindon area.

Today, a leading civic figure hailed him a “very conscientious, considerate councillor”.

Mr Myers was mayor of the city between 1990 and 1991 and during his year in office, he raised funds for St Benedict’s Hospice, and for the Children’s Society for those orphaned during that decade.

He was orphaned as a young boy and raised by his four sisters before he became a “cottage homes boy” when he went in to care.

His time as a councillor came to a close in 1999, when he was deselected.

Mr Myers, father to Helen and Clare, also served on the bench of Sunderland Magistrates’ Court from 1976.

In his working career, his determination to succeed saw him win a place at a technical school, then qualify as an engineering draughtsman.

He moved to Sunderland from Newcastle after marrying Eleanor, who spent a time as a supply teacher at Bede School, and worked at Pyrex-makers James Jopling, then became a freelance draughtsman when he was made redundant in 1982.

In 1974, he became a church warden for St Peter’s Church in Monkwearmouth and was a member of Wearmouth Deanery and Durham Diosean Synods.

Councillor Harry Trueman, deputy leader of the council, said: “He was a very conscientious, considerate councillor and mayor who worked very hard for the good of his ward and the city itself.

“Dedicated and committed are a couple of words that help describe him and, with his works background and his community links, he was well-known across Sunderland and the region.”

Mr Myers’ funeral will he held on Friday at 2.30pm at St Peter’s followed by a committal at Sunderland Crematorium.