It is with sadness that Sutton Liberal Democrats have learned of the death on 29 August of John Dodwell, a former elected member and Mayor of Sutton Council.
John was a civil engineer who devoted most of he retirement years to community service in the borough. He was ward councillor for Wallington North for 12 years until 2006, and was Mayor of Sutton in 2002-03. John had a particular interest in education issues and was a member of a number of council education bodies and committees, and served as chair of the Education Committee from 1998-99.
One of the highlights of his busy year as Mayor was the opening of the new Sutton Arena (now the David Weir Leisure Centre) at which he emphasised the importance of the centre to the local community. On that occasion he played host to the official guest, world champion hurdler, Colin Jackson.
On his retirement from the council, John Dodwell continued to play an active role in community affairs and was chair of the Friends of Beddington Park, in which role he played a major part in helping to secure £3m from the Heritage Lottery and Big Lottery Funds to restore and upgrade the park.
John Dodwell was an active Roman Catholic and also took a keen interest in social care, housing and homelessness issues. Our thoughts and condolences are with his widow Anne and their family at this sad time.