Paying tribute to a ‘caring man of vision’

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Blackpool has paid its final respects to a former leader killed in a horror cycling accident in France.

Former colleagues came together with the family of former Blackpool Council leader Steve Weaver at Blackburn Cathedral yesterday to remember a man ‘of commitment, vision, passion and determination’.

His daughter Ruth spoke of a father “who never stopped caring.

The 36-year-old told the packed congregation: “The world feels a lesser place without him in it.”

Mr Weaver, 64, was killed in a horror hit-and-run accident in France last month when he was knocked of his bike near his holiday home in Provence.

The keen cyclist, who lived in Revidge, was chief executive of Blackpool Council from 2002 to 2011, developing its masterplan for the 21st 
century. Senior figures from Blackpool Council and Blackburn Council gave the civic tributes and mother-of-two Ruth and Mr Weaver’s brother Terry led the family memories before younger son Ben, an opera star in Germany, sang ‘Moving Waves’ to finish the memorial service.

Older son Christopher, a Labour councillor in Cardiff, other family members, friends, politicians, colleagues and Supt Julian Platt, from Lancashire Police, also attended.

Former leader of Blackpool council Roy Fisher said: “He had a brilliant mind and a sharp sense of humour.

“He was responsible for the redevelopment of Blackpool for the 21st century.

“He was a man of commitment, vision, passion and determination.”

Mr Weaver also left three grandchildren Agatha, Andrew and Catherine.

Ruth spoke of a devoted grandad and supportive father adding: “Dad left many ripples and lives on in many lives.”

Ben said: “It was a fitting tribute. I don’t think he thought he would be missed by so many people.”

Mr Weaver, who hails from Yorkshire, came to Blackburn to work at the Hothersall Lodge outdoor activity centre in Ribble Valley, before starting 27 years at the town hall.

A spokesman for the French police in Malaucène said yesterday the investigation was continuing and there had been no arrests so far.