Everyone at Dover Town Council was saddened to hear of the death of Councillor Ronnie Philpott after a brave fight against illness.

Ronnie was elected to the Council in 2006, and served as Town Mayor in 2011-12 and 2013-14. She was Deputy Town Mayor in 2012-13 and also held office as Mayoress. In addition to her civic role Ronnie was for several years also Chairman of the Civic and Special Projects Committee of the Council.

Councillor Neil Rix, Mayor of Dover said,

“Words cannot express how sad and sorry we are to say goodbye to Ronnie. Ronnie was born here in Dover and lived nearly her whole life in the house and the community where she was born. She brought all her deep knowledge and love of the Town, and especially of her Tower Hamlets ward, to her work as a Councillor, always looking for the best outcomes for everyone. As Mayor, Deputy Mayor and a Senior Councillor she was both admired and respected for her hard work and her firm and fair leadership which reached across political divides.

We will remember Ronnie for her huge zest for life, her generosity especially for those facing hard times, her enthusiasm for her Council work and her genuine warmth towards everyone she met. Her engagements as Mayor always had to be planned with extra time (and then some!) because so many people wanted to talk with her and discuss projects and plans for the Town. Ronnie had a particular concern for the young people of Dover which led to her becoming a governor and mentor to local schools. As Mayor she greatly enjoyed hosting groups of schoolchildren and members of the Girl Guide movement to help them find out more about the Mayoralty and the work of the Town Council.

Our thoughts are especially with her husband Chris and her son Shaun at this very sad time.”