It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing away of our friend and colleague Paul.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Paul's family and friends at this very difficult time. He was an extremely hard working and valued councillor in the community and at the council, and he will be terribly missed.
Paul was incredibly passionate about Salford, and more importantly its people. He was elected to office last year, after 25 years working for the council, and was the lead member for housing and neighbourhoods. Paul worked closely with people who had experienced homelessness, to listen to their ideas and was committed to find timely solutions to stop people becoming homeless in the first place.
Paul made a positive impact in Salford, working alongside partners such as the University of Salford and Salford Royal Foundation and still had a huge contribution to make. This has now been tragically cut short.
As a mark of respect the flag outside the civic centre will be lowered to half mast today and condolence book placed in reception as we mourn the loss of a much loved, highly valued inspirational friend and colleague.
Councillor's Warmisham and Gina Reynolds.
This tragic loss is a huge blow both to friends and relatives, and also to our party and the Labour movement in Salford.
Paul's death has left us one fewer committed local councillor, one fewer articulate party member, and one fewer passionate and dedicated socialist.
On a personal level, I have also lost a close friend, confidante, colleague and political partner.
We can never know why he had to go, but he will be remembered fondly by all who knew and worked alongside him as an affable, kind and intelligent character who brightened our days with his depth and sincerity, light-hearted jokes, and omnipresent Cheshire-cat grin.
Paul, I will miss you.
Paul Dennet, City Mayor