JUL 01] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Death Of Former Lord Mayor
City Council leader Nick Nolan today led tributes to one of the
longest serving councillors, former Lord Mayor Bill McKernan who has
died at the age of 81.
McKernan died peacefully, with his family at his bedside, on
Saturday morning, after a long period of ill health. He was member
for Radford, a ward he represented for the Labour party.
leader Nick Nolan said:
have been very saddened to hear of Bill's death. He was a
dedicated councillor - dedicated to the people of this city and
their welfare. Bill served Coventry for many years and maintained
an energy and determination that would shame younger men.
is hard to think that we shall see many more who are prepared to
devote so many years to the service of this city. Our thoughts and
prayers are with his family at this sad time."
McKernan was a proud Scot, born in Rutherglen in 1919. He came to
Coventry in 1934.
joined the Army in 1940 and saw service in India, Assam and Burma
before returning to civilian life in 1946.
commitment to the welfare of ex-servicemen and their families
remained throughout his life and Cllr McKernan was actively involved
in the work of the British Legion.
worked for Alvis Ltd as a skilled fitter and was later a shop
steward in the Fighting Vehicle Department. He was a member of the
Coventry 56th branch of AUEW.
McKernan joined the Labour Party in 1947 and gained his first seat
on Coventry City Council in 1961 representing the Radford ward where
he continued to serve during his forty years on the council.
served on a wide variety of committees in the previous council
structure, including planning, personnel and administration, city
development and property management, and civic and general purposes.
the past twenty years he also chaired the city's Remembrance Day
wife Betty died in 1974. He served the city as Lord Mayor in 1985 -
86, with his daughter in law Ann McKernan acting as Lady Mayoress.