Death of Councillor Joyce Pawley

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of a much loved Derbyshire Dales councillor, Joyce Pawley, who represented Masson ward, including the parishes of Bonsall, Cromford and Matlock Bath.

Just over a month ago, Councillor Pawley, who made a huge contribution to local life on behalf her constituents, underwent a seven-hour operation in Nottingham to stop pre-cancerous cells turning cancerous.

It was a high risk operation and although she initially seemed to be recovering well, she passed away on Saturday evening (27 February).

Councillor Pawley spoke at the end of January about the operation initially having to be postponed - as she waited to be taken down to theatre - due to pressure on bed space caused by Covid.

Before the operation finally took place four days later, she issued a personal plea to everyone to be more Covid aware, writing:
"For those of you who think what you do does not affect others - think again, it does.
"I am sitting here washed out and angry. Angry at ignorance, angry at denial and angry that our doctors and nurses are not appreciated more than they are.
"Offering them a few weeks of well meaning clapping in 2020 is not enough. We have gone beyond that, they need to know that we are all willing to play our part in stopping the spread of this disease; otherwise all the massive contributions that they have made will seem lessened.
"Our NHS and patients like me who have done everything they can to avoid getting the virus need your help. Bite the bullet, do the right thing, follow the rules and play an active part in stopping this virus in its tracks."
Councillor Pawley, who described her work as a councillor as the highlight of her life, served on the District Council's Community & Environment, Planning, Licensing & Appeals and Ernest Bailey Charity Committees. She had also been a creative Member Representative of the Communications & Marketing Hub.

Her family have respectfully requested privacy at this time and funeral information will follow.
It is with deep regret that we announce the death of a much loved Derbyshire Dales councillor, Joyce Pawley, who represented Masson ward, including the parishes of Bonsall, Cromford and Matlock Bath.

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