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A flag is flying at half-mast outside Haringey Civic Centre following the death of dedicated councillor Pat Egan, following a short illness.

Cllr Egan, 66, was elected to Haringey Council as a Woodside ward member in 2006 and was Chief Whip of the Labour group from 2011 until his death on Saturday (July 19).

Cllr Egan also served as Chair of the Alexandra Palace and Park Board from December 2009 until May 2011. A flag has also been lowered to half-mast outside Alexandra Palace.

Before becoming a councillor, Cllr Egan worked in as a teacher, deputy headteacher, acting headteacher and university lecturer and championed the power of education to change lives.

Cllr Egan’s commitment to education continued until his death through his role as Chair of Governors at Wood Green’s St Thomas More Catholic School, where he helped the school to record exam results and the accolade of most improved secondary school in the country.

Friends and colleagues described Cllr Egan as a hardworking man of strong moral values and principles, who set high standards for himself and others.

The Mayor of Haringey, Cllr Kaushika Amin, told last night’s Full Council meeting: “Pat was a man of strong character in the old-fashioned sense of the word – he had strong moral values and principles. He was passionate about education being the route to improve the lives of our children.”

Haringey Council Leader Claire Kober said: “Pat was very dependable and very straight talking. He always spoke his mind, but in a comradely way, and was respected across the chamber.

“Pat made a huge contribution to the Labour Party, the council and the borough and he will be missed by officers, councillors and local residents.”

Martin Tissot, executive headteacher of St Thomas More, said: “Pat was a committed Catholic and family man. He was motivated by his passion to see greater opportunities for ordinary men and women and greater equality in society.

“He was a driving force behind our recent school improvement and we are indebted to him for his devoted service to St Thomas More School.”

Cllr Egan is survived by a wife and two children.

A special meeting of Full Council will be called in August to allow councillors and the community to pay their respects to Cllr Egan and extend condolences to his family.