It is with great sorrow that we must report the death of Councillor Nick Bowler.

Cllr Vince Maple, Leader of the Medway Labour and Cooperative Group said: “Nick was a very hard working, dedicated Labour Councillor representing Rochester East for more than two decades alongside Teresa.  He was a fantastic Mayor of Medway as well as taking on important roles as Labour Group Chair and other party roles for Rochester and Strood Labour.

“His passion and dedication for planning was remarkable and Nick was liked and respected on all sides within the council chamber.

“I personally will miss Nick immensely from our Group meetings as well as enjoying live music and the Arsenal with him, two of his passions outside the world of politics.  My thoughts and deepest condolences are with his partner Sandra, his family, friends and all those who were lucky enough to know Nick.”

Cllr Teresa Murray, Deputy Leader of the Medway Labour and Cooperative Group also paid tribute: “I will miss Nick hugely, in more than 20 years of working together we never had even a small falling out. We shared passion for our politics and a great sense of wanting to make life better for those we represented. Nick was family to me. He tried so hard to get well because he loved life and at 59, he still had loads of plans. Lung fibrosis is a cruel and little-known disease, but Nick faced up to it with great courage and determination, continuing his Ward work and responding to constituents.

“He much appreciated care and kindness from staff at Medway Hospital in his last weeks and received many messages of love and support. His partner Sandra is well supported by their daughter Nissa and will announce funeral arrangements in due course. Tears and tributes are pouring in and we thank everyone for their thoughtfulness.”

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