Tributes have been paid to a former mayor and winner of the prestigious Freedom of the Borough accolade.
Edward Hill served as a Conservative councillor in Knuzden for two decades and was mayor of the borough from 1985 to 1986.
He had previously served on Oswaldtwistle Urban District Council and later Hyndburn council.
Ted’s son Stephen said public service and supporting his parish church St Teresa’s in Blackburn had been very important to his father.
He said: “He was a very devout Catholic, he was always putting other people first.
“He thought one of the main ways to contribute to his community was to become a councillor.
“He was a very proud Conservative councillor and it was a big part of his life.”
Conservative group leader Councillor Peter Britcliffe said Ted, as he was known, was a lifelong family friend.
He said: “He was a very caring Christian person who gave great service to the council in his capacity as a councillor and also as mayor of the borough of Hyndburn.
“In recognition of this he was granted the Freedom of the Borough – a title of which he was very proud.”
Labour councillor Bernard Dawson added Ted had been well liked and respected across party lines.
He said: “Ted served on the council for a long while and I served a few years with him. He was a nice bloke and well-liked.
“Everyone had good things to say about him no matter what party they were in.”
And council leader Miles Parkinson added his respects.
He said: “Someone who has done 21 years of service to the borough will have dedicated so much of his time to others and people in Oswaldtwistle will know the amount of impact he had on their community.”
Ted was awarded the honour of Freeman of the Borough in 2000 for more than two decades of time serving the community as a councillor from the 1970s to the 1990s.
At the time of receiving the honour, he said: “It is the best honour a councillor could ask for and one I am very pleased to accept.”
Ted died on Sunday, January 5 aged 91 from colon cancer and high blood pressure.
The former painter and decorator leaves children Bernard, James, Stephen, Christopher and John, eight grandchildren and six-great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be held on Monday, January 13 at St Mary’s Church, Oswaldtwistle at 10am.