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‘A friend to many of us!’ Tributes paid to ‘determined’ Lincoln councillor Julie Killey

Councillors from across the political spectrum have offered their condolences following the passing of Coun Julie Killey, who was 64 years old.

During an extraordinary meeting on Wednesday, members of the Lincolnshire County Council shared their memories and experiences with the Labour councillor, who passed away on Thursday, March 7 following a short illness.

Before her election to the county council in May 2017 as the representative for Lincoln’s Park ward, Julie Killey dedicated herself to educating the next generation as an economics teacher at Sir Robert Pattinson Academy in North Hykeham.

Coun Julie Killey. Photo: Lincoln Labour Party
Coun Julie Killey. Photo: Lincoln Labour Party

She also served as the deputy leader of the Labour group from May 2021 to May 2023.

Julie also had a profound interest in the welfare of children, which led her to actively engage on the council’s Children & Young People Scrutiny Committee.

During the meeting, Labour leader Karen Lee tearfully reminisced about her close colleague, describing her as “a friend to many of us,” as well as a “keen cook and talented gardener.”

She remarked: “Julie knew exactly what to put where and her garden just looked amazing.”

Coun Lee later requested that her fellow councillors keep Julie in their thoughts and prayers, adding: “She will be missed by so many people.”

Coun Marianne Overton (Independent) also shared fond memories, reflecting on her time spent with Julie while serving together on the council’s Adults & Community Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee.

“Julie was very determined to stand up for local people to get the best outcomes for residents both in her area and also throughout the county,” Coun Overton recalled.

“She was a great friend, always keen to listen, always chirpy, and really solid in her integrity and determination to serve and get the best for her residents.”

Conservative councillor Jackie Brockway also paid her respects, noting that she was fortunate enough to know Julie quite well.

She remembered her as “an incredibly intelligent woman and one of the kindest hearts you could ever wish to meet.”

Coun Brockway continued: “She managed to transcend party politics and she was happy to be a friend to everybody.”

Councillors Stephen Roe and Robert Kendrick (both Conservatives) also offered their condolences to Julie’s family during this difficult time.

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