Council sad to announce death of Cllr Steven Markiewicz
The council is immensely sad to report the death of Councillor Steven Markiewicz, who passed away on Thursday 21 October after a long illness.
Cllr Markiewicz was one of the council's longest serving members, first elected in 2004. He had many roles over the years including Lead Member for Strategic Projects, and Chairman of both Grants and Resources Overview and Scrutiny committees. He also served for four years as a Hertfordshire County Councillor.
A longstanding vocal and active supporter of Welwyn Hatfield Citizens Advice Bureau, Cllr Markiewicz was a trustee on their board for more than 15 years. He was also an enthusiastic volunteer at the Gateway Club in Hatfield, a charity activity club for people with learning disabilities.
In a statement released today, Steven's family said:
There is only one word to describe him. Unique. Everything he did was to benefit others. His compassion and courage when fighting for what he believed in was why we always looked up to him and sought his guidance. He would always have a solution. His selflessness and desire for his family's happiness was always foremost, so when he couldn't stand, we stood for him as a family.
He always said how lucky he was to have met his wife, Ann, over 50 years ago, and through her endless support he had the determination to carry on. His bravery throughout his long illness was much admired. He will be greatly missed.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Tony Kingsbury, said: "It was with great sadness that I learnt of the passing of Steven, a colleague and friend of a great many years. Steven had not been in good health during recent years, but his determined and positive attitude never wavered.
"Always dedicated, he was also caring and thoughtful and this garnered him respect across the chamber. A real character at meetings of the Council, he was well known for his colourful wardrobe and passionate, equally colourful speeches. He was fair, balanced and listened to all views equally, a true one-off. He will be hugely missed by all who knew him."
Cllr Kieran Thorpe, Leader of the Opposition, said: "The Labour Group is incredibly sad to hear of Steve's passing. He was an exceptional character who made swashbuckling contributions to Council debates and will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him."
Cllr Paul Zukowskyj, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, said: "The council has lost a funny, compassionate and unique individual with Steve's passing, and I know The Gateway Club has lost a key supporter and long-time helper. Our condolences go to his family and all his many friends."
As a mark of respect, the Welwyn Hatfield borough flag will fly at half-mast outside the council offices today, Monday 25 October. Anyone who knew Steven is invited to add a message of remembrance to an online book of condolence.