Tributes have poured in this week after the death of former Sherwood MP and president of Hucknall Town Football Club, Andy Stewart.
Mr Stewart (76), died peacefully at home on Sunday 6th October after a short illness. His wife, Louise and family were with him.
Mr Stewart served as the Conservative MP for Hucknall between 1983 and 1992 before Paddy Tipping took the helm for Labour.
The much-respected politician was the first to represent the newly created Sherwood seat at a difficult time, which included the miners’ strike.
As well as serving as an MP, he also served as a county councillor when he was first elected in 1977, standing down in May this year.
Coun Alan Rhodes, leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, led the tributes this week. He said: “I was extremely saddened and shocked to hear of Andy’s death. My thoughts are with his family and friends.
“Andy was a true gentleman who I had the utmost respect for. Although we were on opposite sides politically, we were very much aligned in wanting the best and working tirelessly for the people we represent.
“He will be remembered with great fondness by everyone who came into contact with him at County Hall for his kindness, knowledge and sense of humour.”
Mr Stewart continued to sit as President of Sherwood Conservative Association until his death.
Current MP for Sherwood and colleague, Mark Spencer, said he was ‘a great guy’ and has fond memories of sitting next to him in council meetings when they were both county councillors.
“Everyone who knew Andy thought very well of him,” said Mr Spencer. “He was a really great guy and cared deeply about the area and the people here.”
His former political adversary who is now Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire, Paddy Tipping, added: “I knew Andy for over 30 years as both a friend and political opponent and while we didn’t always agree, I know that he always put people first. “
Acting chief executive of Hucknall Town Football Club, Liz Morley, added her condolences to the club’s president and honorary president.
“Andy was a true fan and friend to the club and has been a huge source of support over the past two difficult years. His help and his presence at Watnall Road will be very sadly missed but never forgotten.”
“We all offer our sincere condolences to his family.”
Mr Stewart was elected as first Member of Parliament for the new Sherwood Constituency in 1983 until 1992
He became a county councillor for a second time in 2002 following a by-election in the Southwell division. He was subsequently re-elected in 2005 and 2009 to represent Farnsfield and Lowdham.
He was cabinet member for personnel and performance from 2009 to 2012 and chairman of the personnel committee from 2012-2013.
He opted not to stand for election in May 2013.
Outside of politics, Mr Stewart was president of Hucknall Town Football Club and was instrumental in the move the club made to change from Hucknall Colliery Welfare to Hucknall Town in the 1980s after the pit closures.