Former Herts County Council stalwart Alan Searing passes away
A long-serving former Hertfordshire county councillor who was born in Bishop's Stortford died on New Year's Eve.
Honourable Alderman Alan Searing, 77, passed away after a short illness.
He was born in Bishop's Stortford in 1943 and lived most of his life in the county, marrying his wife, Pauline, in Hertford in 1968.
Alan served five terms as a Herts county councillor for 20 years, first as the member for Cheshunt North from 1997 to 2001 and then for Hoddesdon South from 2001 until he chose not to seek re-election in 2017, when he was appointed an honorary alderman.
He represented the authority on a range of bodies, including Herts Educational Foundation, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and Herts Young Mariners Base, for which he continued to serve as a director after retiring from the council.
Alan's voluntary work also included acting as a trustee for the Dame Letitia Monson Trust for over 40 years, including chairman for the past 27 years.
He was a business owner and an author of self-improvement books, CDs and DVDs, helping "to improve our view of life, to promote personal development and make a difference in the worldwide community".