Councilor John Mutton – Coventry City Council
Coventry City Council is sad to report that its former leader and Lord Mayor John Mutton died in the early hours of the morning (Sunday May 15)
A recognized political heavyweight, he had been a councilor since 1984, serving the Binley and Willenhall ward of the town where he lived and had been re-elected to serve another four years representing the ward 10 days ago.
In his nearly 40 years serving the residents of the town, Councilor Mutton has held many positions during that time. He was Lord Mayor in 1997/98, Deputy Leader of the Council from 2000 to 2003, Leader from 2003 to 2004, Leader of the Opposition from 2004 to 2010 and then Leader of the Council from 2010 to 2013.
A ‘Child of Coventry’ immensely proud of the city he was born and raised in, he attended Manor Park Infants and Junior and Whitley Abbey Comprehensive schools.
The 74-year-old was a lifelong trade unionist, first as a shop steward at the City Engineers depot for the T&GWU and also for the USDAW at the Co-op Dairy in Coventry.
When he was younger Councilor Mutton was a useful footballer and played for Coventry City’s youth team and reserves from 1963 to 1965. He later went on to play as a semi-professional for St Neots and Tring Town.
For many years Councilor Mutton has taken a group of young athletes and swimmers to the International Children’s Games – in 2005 they were held in Coventry, the first time the Games were held in England. In the past Coventry was the only English town represented and Councilor Mutton looked forward to Coventry hosting the International Children’s Games again in August this year.
Councilor George Duggins, Leader of Coventry City Councilsaid the city has lost a formidable figure and champion.
He said: “John Mutton was a legend in political circles and his passing is a terrible blow to the city and his family.
“My thoughts are with his wife Mal and all of his family at this desperately sad time, because nothing can prepare you for this.
“John has done so much for the city, but I know that one of his proudest accomplishments – for which he was internationally respected – was his work and his participation in the International Children’s Games. Perhaps it’s fitting that the Games are being held in Coventry again this summer, something John was so proud of. »
Councilor Gary Ridley, Leader of the Conservative Opposition Group, Coventry City Council, said: “We may have had our differences politically, but I’ve always had total respect for John and what he’s achieved.
“No one had more passion for this city and everyone who met him knew he enjoyed being a proud councilor representing the people of his neighborhood. He was dedicated, hard working and well respected by the councillors, officers and residents of Binley and Willenhall. He worked tirelessly for Coventry and will be greatly missed.
“I will miss his contribution, our conversations, and yes, even our (sometimes fierce) competitions in full council. My deepest condolences go out to John’s family.
Councilor Mutton is survived by his wife Mal, two sons, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.