George Fairhurst, who represented Standish with Langtree ward in the council chamber for 15 years, has died aged 79.
Hundreds of people have taken to social media to pay their respects to the former councillor who died on Friday, April 16.
George’s son, Gareth, who was also a councillor for the Standish Independents, told Wigan Today of how much his father cared for the local community:
“He was a true ward councillor. He was involved with all the groups and if anybody had a problem and rang him up he would be round.
“Every time he was walking his dog in the village he would be commanding an audience and chatting away to people.
“He saw himself as doing his job as a councillor. He treated somebody’s bins being missed or somebody needing something simple doing equally with the big, important things.
“He was a very practical councillor. He was just a helpful guy, a good all-rounder. He was always thinking of everybody in Standish.”