Dennis Teasdale, who has died at 73, served as mayor of Redcar and Cleveland in 2018 and 2019, and was twice mayor of the North Yorkshire market town of Guisborough.
A senior figure on council committees, he was one of the key players behind efforts to secure funding to restore the Grade II-listed Town Hall there, and was also well-known in non-league football and cricketing circles.
Born in Middlesbrough in 1947, he moved to Guisborough in 1959, attending the local County Modern School, now Laurence Jackson, where he was a prefect and deputy head boy.
He went on to become a senior officer at the former Langbaurgh Borough Council before retiring from local government in 2002.
Politics beckoned when he was elected to Guisborough Town Council in 2011. He went on to represent the town for the Conservatives on the borough council in 2015.
A grandfather of five, he also volunteered for the Friends of Guisborough Cemetery group.