Former Grantham district councillor Jean Taylor dies aged 68

Jean and Mike Taylor

Jean and Mike Taylor

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Former councillor Jean Taylor has died suddenly at the age of 68.

Mrs Taylor died overnight on Monday at her home in Bramblewood Close, Gonerby Hill Foot. She represented St John’s ward on South kesteven District Council for four years until last year.

Her husband, Mike, who had served on the district council for 16 years, said his wife had loved being a councillor.

Mr Taylor told the Journal: “She liked helping people. Before she became a councillor everyone knew she was my wife and any problems they had they used to pass on to her and she passed them on to me. I think she got sick of being piggy in the middle so she stood for council.”

He added: “She was very easy going, but if anybody crossed her she dealt with them accordingly.”

Mr and Mrs Taylor have two sons and five grandchildren. Mr Taylor said his wife loved music, her garden and their two dogs.

Mr and Mrs Taylor first met in Royal Military Police training in Chichester in 1971. After getting married and moving to Grantham, Mrs Taylor became a school caretaker at Gonerby Hill Foot School.

Mr Taylor said: “She loved Grantham and took it to heart and thought a lot of it. It became our adopted town.”

Last year the couple left the Conservative group and defected to UKIP.