It is with great sadness that we report the death of Pat Egan, Councillor for Woodside ward, following a short illness, at the age of 66.
Tributes were paid to Pat at the Full Council on Monday, 21 July, and at Hornsey and Wood Green Labour Party’s meeting on 23 July.
Councillor Claire Kober, Leader of Haringey Council, said: “Pat was a great advocate for the Labour Party and for Haringey Council and will be sorely missed. His commitment and dedication set a very high standard to all members of the Party and his passion for his community, not just in Woodside, but across the borough was an example for us all.
“He was also a very good friend and adviser who spoke his mind in the most comradely of ways. He was a devoted family man who loved the time that he spent with his children and grandchildren and ensured that was always a priority.
“Our deepest sympathies go to his family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.”
Councillor George Meehan, Pat’s fellow councillor in Woodside, said: “I know that Pat was held in the highest esteem by everybody in the council and in the borough.
“Pat set himself very high standards and he expected all the rest of us to do the same.
“He didn’t have any airs or graces, and he called it how he saw it. With Pat there was only one way and that was to play it straight... He was a very hard-working, caring and passionate councillor and the people of Woodside ward will certainly miss him.
“He was a very committed member of the Labour party, and an extremely great campaigner. I know I have lost a very good friend.”
Charles Wright, Chair of Hornsey and Wood Green CLP, said: “Pat Egan was a tower of strength in the party, as well as a committed, conscientious and caring representative. We will miss him immensely.”
A former teacher and lecturer, Pat was first elected in Woodside ward in 2006. Most recently he served as Chief Whip to the Labour group, and had served as chair of the board of trustees at Alexandra Palace, and on the Wood Green Area Forum and Committee, the Finsbury Park Trust, Lea Valley Regional Park Authority, the management committee of the Wood Green Urban District Charity and the Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education.
Pat was also chair of the governing body at St Thomas More School in Wood Green, and acknowledged as the driving force behind improvements which have seen the school deliver the best exam results in Haringey, win Ofsted ‘outstanding’ status and accolades as one of the most improved schools in the country.
Executive head teacher Martin Tissot told local press that Pat was “tireless in his pursuit for excellence in education. We are indebted to him for his devoted service to St Thomas More School.”
Pat is survived by his wife, two children and three grandchildren. His funeral will be held on Wednesday July 30, 11am, at St Paul the Apostle, 22 Bradley Road, N22 7SZ.
Haringey Mayor Councillor Kaushika Amin has announced that a civic memorial event will be held for Pat in August.