THE leader of West Berkshire Council, Roger Croft, has died, it was announced today (Sunday).
He was 70 years old.
Mr Croft succumbed to injuries sustained in a car crash in France on February 13 which claimed the life of his wife.
Newbury MP Richard Benyon, a fellow Conservative and friend of Mr Croft, said: "This is a tragedy for his family. His children have now lost both parents in tragic circumstances.
"It's doubly sad because Roger had planned to retire as leader of the council in a year or two in order to see more of his family."
He added: "Roger was a joy to work with - he was so very committed; determined and utterly unyielding in his desire to get the best for the people of West Berkshire.
"He managed to lead a large group of people with diverse opinions and different priorities and still remain popular with everyone."
Mr Benyon went on: "Personally, I'm feeling shattered by this sad news."
For the full story and tributes, pick up a copy of next week's Newbury Weekly News.