Crewe Town Council is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our beloved friend and colleague Councillor Dorothy Flude.
For many people, Dorothy was known to be a private person; however, for those close to her, her true passions in life were family, community, heritage and culture. When it came to talking about her children and grandchildren, it was impossible not to feel her pride, warmth and loving smile. She also enjoyed holidays with friends and had visited many places both in the UK and abroad – how she found the time to fit in holidays we will never know – but we are glad that she did.
Dorothy devoted much of her life to our local community – as a Governor at both Westminster Street Nursery and Pebble Brook Primary Schools; as a Councillor on Cheshire County Council, an elected member of Cheshire East Council representing the Crewe South Ward, serving on the Crewe Charter Trustees from 2009 – 2013; Mayor of Cheshire East in 2013 – where she was joined by Grandson, Alex, as Consort; a member of the Cheshire Fire Authority; and, finally, becoming the Portfolio Holder for Children and Families. In May 2019, Dorothy also became a member of Crewe Town Council representing the Crewe St. Barnabas Ward and more recently, she became the Chair of Crewe Heritage Trust supporting the Heritage Centre to work towards obtaining Museum status. In essence Dorothy was Crewe through and through and she will be sorely missed by many.
Councillor Benn Minshall, Mayor of Crewe, led the Council’s tributes “Dorothy Flude was a true force of nature; both as a person, and as a Councillor. I feel privileged to say that she is, and will forever be, my friend first and my colleague second. Her passion and commitment to local people and families in Crewe are unparalleled. Her health had not always been kind to her; but Dorothy made that her motivation to make life better for others. We would like to take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt condolences to Dorothy’s family and to thank them for allowing us to share in Dorothy’s life.”