Gerald Ceaser

It is with deep sadness that Spelthorne announces the death of Gerry Ceaser, past Mayor and former Council Leader.

Gerry died at St Peter's Hospital in the early hours of Sunday 25 February, after a short illness.

Gerry's career at the Council spanned 34 years during which he was Leader of the Council twice, from November 1995 to May 1997 and from May 2005 to April 2007. He also had the honour of serving two mayoral terms, for the municipal years 1985 to 1986 and 2003 to 2004.

Gerry served on many of the Council's committees and was Chairman of the Policy and Finance, Leisure and Recreation and Planning Committees and his many achievements include leadership for Staines Town Centre redevelopment and the first local authority in Surrey to attain Investors in People.

In October 2007, Gerry was awarded Honorary Freeman of the Borough of Spelthorne in recognition of his eminent voluntary service to the local community. This included being Governor of Bishop Wand School, setting up and serving on local and South East Regional sports bodies, in particular Surrey Sport and Surrey Youth Games, his contribution to the welfare of young people as Trustee of the National Association of Clubs for Young People and Chairman of the Middlesex Young Peoples Clubs, as well as setting up local Charity events like the Mayor's Fun Day and Sunbury's Picnic in the Park. 

Latterly, Gerry was a trustee of the Spelthorne Mayor's Charity Fund and Chairman of the Ex-Mayors' Association and local charity Shopmobility.

Cllr Ian Harvey, Leader of Spelthorne Borough Council, said: "We are all very saddened by this news. Gerry had a passion for politics and an unfaltering desire to improve the lives of the Borough's residents and the place will be all the poorer without him. He was my mentor and I will miss him greatly."

Cllr Tony Harman, Deputy Leader of Spelthorne Borough Council, said: "Gerry was inspirational and touched the lives of so many people in Spelthorne. His leadership and guidance will be sorely missed". 

Cllr Robin Sider, BEM, said: "Gerry was an important local figure at the forefront of civic and community life. His experience, commitment, warmth and enthusiasm, and indeed his dry sense of humour will be sorely missed".

Gerry was devoted husband to wife Zandra, to whom he had been married for 54 years, and leaves behind a son and daughter, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A book of condolence is available in the Knowle Green Reception area if you would like to sign it.