Angus Council today paid tribute to former Councillor Glennis Middleton, who represented Forfar & District with distinction, as an elected member for 23 years.
Mrs Middleton who died yesterday (Wed 9 May), is survived by her husband, former Angus Provost Bill Middleton and their daughter Alison.
During more than two decades service in local authority, Glennis held a number of positions, including Convener of Social Work & Health Committee, the first Chair of the Integrated Joint Board, on the Board of NHS Tayside; and on the Board of Criminal Justice. She also served on various Angus Council Committees.
Provost Ronnie Proctor said: “It is with great sadness that I pay tribute to our former colleague Glennis Middleton – a long standing councillor of Angus since 1995. Glennis was a kind and considerate person and a first class councillor, who worked tirelessly for her constituents, as well as the people of Angus.
“Glennis had an outstanding knowledge of council business and social work matters in particular. True, she didn’t suffer fools gladly, but she had a kind word and a listening ear whenever someone was seeking advice, which I did on numerous occasions. This sad news represents a great loss to family, friends, colleagues and constituents of Forfar and Angus. I think we will all agree it was a privilege to know her.”
Speaking on behalf of the Glennis’ party, Cllr Lynne Devine said the SNP group was “absolutely shattered” by the sad news that had resonated throughout Forfar. She expressed sadness that, after 23 years of public service that came to an end a year ago, Glennis had little time to enjoy life beyond council commitments.
Cllr Devine said: “Glennis worked out of a core of caring and never ever lost sight of the individual – whether they were a constituent, a fellow councillor or staff member. She was a tremendous loss to our group after the elections last year and a loss to the council, but most importantly, a loss to the people of Angus, particularly the needy and vulnerable.
“Glennis was funny and always willing to laugh at herself, but my goodness she was feisty, always asking the hard questions, standing up for people and causes. She had independence running through her DNA and worked tirelessly and knowledgeably in the council, in the Health Board, in the community and for the party. Our thoughts are with Bill her husband and former Provost of Angus, and Alison her beloved daughter.”
Leader of Angus Council, Councillor Bob Myles described Glennis as a councillor who would always fight passionately for a cause she believed in, even if it meant occasionally going against the party line.
He said: “I knew Glennis very well and had many encounters with her in council chambers. Through it all we remained good friends and I admired her as a committed councillor. She stuck by her principles and will be very much missed by us all. My sympathies go out to Bill and her family.”
Margo Williamson, Chief Executive of Angus Council spoke on behalf of all officers and staff when she expressed her “great sadness at the loss of Glennis.
“I have great admiration for the way in which there was no challenge that Glennis would not take up if she believed in it. She had a commitment to do the right thing and to achieve the right outcomes for her constituents and all those that she sought to help. She will be sadly missed and all our thoughts are very much with Bill and Alison.”