Borough Council of Wellingborough

Death of Honorary Freeman Edwin (Ted) Arthur Coleman

Published Friday, 15 February 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Honorary Freeman Ted Coleman, MBE, on Sunday 10 February aged 91.

Our sincere condolences go to his wife, Audrey and their Sons Terry and David and family at this very sad time.

Ted was a very well respected councillor and had the honour of being mayor twice.  He was also awarded the MBE for services to the council and community.  He will be sorely missed and his passing will leave a huge sense of loss to all who knew him.

Leader of the opposition Labour party, Cllr Andrew Scarborough, said: “We are all extremely saddened by this news. Ted was an outstanding representative for the Croyland ward and made a real difference to the Borough during his time as Mayor and Councillor.  It was a real privilege to serve with him and our thoughts go out to his family during this difficult time.”

Biography of the councillor:

Ted was a fireman based at Wellingborough Station and spent many years as Regional Secretary of the Fire Brigade Union. 

He was elected as a Labour councillor in May 1976, retiring in May 2003.  He was mayor of the borough twice in 1986-87 and again in 1997-98 with Audrey as his mayoress.  He served on numerous committees including Health, Housing, Policy and Resources.

The council’s flags are flying at half-mast and will remain so until sunset on the day of the funeral the date of which is to be agreed.