Tributes have been paid to Tendring District Council (TDC) member Cllr Joy Broderick, who has died after a long battle with illness.
Councillor Broderick was first elected to TDC in May 2007 where she represented the Haven ward, initially as a Conservative before becoming an Independent.
She continued to represent constituents in the Holland-on-Sea area right up until her death, elected as the Eastcliff ward councillor after boundary changes in 2019 as a member of the Holland-on-Sea and Eastcliff Matters party.
At the time of her passing Councillor Broderick was also Cabinet Member for Independent Living, as well as leader of the Holland-on-Sea Group on the council.
Councillor Broderick passed away peacefully at home on Sunday (22 November).
In a statement her family said Joy had been delighted at becoming a Cabinet member after 12 years of serving as a councillor, and was pleased to be portfolio holder for something she was so passionate about.
“Joy described her Cabinet position as being the pinnacle of her political career, and was in particular very proud of the Careline service and dedicated team of staff who go above and beyond,” they said.
“Joy had a very full and varied life, initially working for a Greek shipping company before spending the rest of her working life as a hotelier and restauranteur, working 16 hours a day – as well as doing some modelling too.
“She was a single mother at the age of 20, in the days before there was a benefits system, living with her parents in a council house in Watford; and Joy fought from that point onwards to achieve what she did in life.
“We are extremely grateful to St Helena Hospice, the district nurses, SinglePoint and everyone else involved in Joy’s care for their compassion and all they did to make her last days as comfortable as they could be.”
Councillor Broderick’s family have advised that a direct cremation will be held at this time, to be followed by a Celebration of Life at a later date, and request that should anyone wish to make a donation in Joy’s memory then to do so to St Helena Hospice.
Councillor Neil Stock OBE, TDC Leader, praised Councillor Broderick’s work on Cabinet and on behalf of her residents.
“Joy was a delightful character on council due to the passion she held for her area and those she represented,” Councillor Stock added.
“When we were on opposing sides of the council chamber I recall some strong exchanges between us as Joy stood up for what she thought best for Holland-on-Sea.
“When Joy joined my Cabinet last year she was really clear about precisely what causes she most wanted to champion and we created a bespoke role just for her – which she discharged superbly, as well as being a great team player and a huge support to me personally. Joy brought an extra depth to our work and was an excellent portfolio holder to work alongside.
“Joy will be missed by us all.”
Ian Davidson, TDC Chief Executive, said Councillor Broderick had served her constituents right until the end.
“Joy was an active member of the council and even when she was ill was attending Cabinet meetings and All Member Briefings. On behalf of all council staff I would like to express our condolences to Joy’s family.”
Councillor Colin Winfield, Deputy Leader of the Holland-on-Sea Group, said Councillor Broderick would be deeply missed.
“Joy was one of the most dedicated people I know for her residents – even when on holiday she phoned me up on various issues,” Councillor Winfield said.
“She was hard-working, put her residents first and they will thoroughly miss her now she is gone.
“Joy also helped me a lot when I first became a councillor, there wasn’t a day that I didn’t speak to her, and we will all miss her terribly.”
Councillor Dan Land, TDC Chairman, added: “Joy always said it how it was, and stood out as making a difference as a councillor. I am proud to have served alongside her in the council chamber, and my love goes to Joy’s family.”
A silence will be held at tomorrow night’s full council meeting (Tuesday 24 November) to pay tribute to and remember Councillor Broderick, while the flag at Clacton Town Hall will fly at half-mast.
Under Covid-19 regulations Councillor Broderick’s seat on the council will be held open until the next set of elections, which at this time will be early May 2021.