Dignitaries and colleagues were among mourners at the funeral of Baxenden councillor John Griffiths, who died suddenly in hospital on September 11, aged 78.
Councillor Griffiths had been very active, but he had complained of indigestion pains for a few days before he was taken ill.
The ‘elder statesman’ of the Conservative group, he had served on the council since 1999 and chaired the borough’s planning committee for three years.
An accountant by profession, Councillor Griffiths had previously been entrusted with steering the borough’s finances through a difficult time with a £2 million deficit.
He had also been chair of Baxenden Area Management Committee since it was formed.
A funeral service was conducted at Accrington Crematorium last Friday.
Wife Lynne said: "I don’t know how many people it holds but the funeral was absolutely packed out, and I have had numerous cards from people.
"He had time for everybody and worked so hard as a councillor. His greatest achievement was getting the children’s play area. That’s how he got his name as ‘the boss of Baxenden’."
A minute’s silence was held and tributes were paid at last week’s Cabinet committee.
He leaves Lynne, sons David and Peter, stepchildren Melanie, Andy and Rick, grandchildren Jade and Jack and step-grandchildren Ashley, Rebecca, Victoria, Melissa, Lucy and Lewis, sister Betty and brother-in-law Tony.
Donations were requested to British Heart Foundation c/o Kirby and Hughes Funeral Service.