Former Dartford Mayor and Labour stalwart Tom Maddison remembered for years of dedicated service to community

Condolences have been pouring in for former Dartford mayor and Temple Hill councillor Tom Maddison, who passed away at the age of 77. Described as a “stalwart Labour member” and “the model of what a good councillor should look like,” Maddison served on Dartford council for almost 30 years and was respected by colleagues from all parties.

His passing was met with tributes from those who had been impacted by his work and knew him personally. Cllr Jonathon Hawkes, the opposition Dartford Labour Leader, praised Maddison’s dedication to the community and his ability to put politics aside for the betterment of his constituents.

“He was the true model for what a good councillor looks like,” said Hawkes. “As councillors, we aspire to be like him and that is a testament to his lasting legacy.”

Maddison was the last of the Labour councillors elected when Tony Blair’s party came into power in 1995. He served as deputy mayor from 2000 to 2001 and mayor from 2001 to 2002. He was also a Kent County Councillor for Dartford North East.

Cllr Laura Edie of the Green Party also expressed her condolences, calling Maddison a “lovely man” who truly cared about the well-being of Dartford.

Deputy Labour leader Kelly Grehan highlighted Maddison’s immeasurable contribution to the area and extended condolences to his family. She also mentioned his passion for the community and his involvement as a trustee for RSPCA Dartford.

Maddison’s wife Valerie, sons Mark, Paul, and James, and grandchildren Jemma, Chloe, Beren, Lauren, Millee, Ryley, and Poppi survive him. He was also a great-grandfather to Maisie. His passing is a great loss to the Dartford community, and he will be remembered as a devoted public servant and a respected figure in local politics.

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