Hi Wednesfield I have some very sad news to give this morning.
The Mayor, Cllr Elias Mattu, has passed away overnight. Cllr Mattu, who was 59, served the city with distinction for many years and was incredibly proud to be its Mayor. The flags at the Civic Centre have been lowered to half-mast and a book of condolence is being set up in the foyer.
Both Councillors Mary and Phil Bateman with Councillor Rita Potter send deepest sympathy and condolences to his family. Elias was a good friend to us as individuals. He had a super relationship with the members of our own Ashmore Park Community Association. We will never forget him as being a kind man, a very good Mayor and Councillor, and for being a very committed human being.”
Cllr Roger Lawrence Leader of the City Council has said: “Elias was my friend and a loyal, dedicated and loving family man. On behalf of the City of Wolverhampton, I extend my very deepest condolences to his widow Asha and his children Anthony, Ishmael and Jessica. “Elias served his city and council for nearly two decades with huge dedication and commitment. He was one of our city’s favourite sons, a hugely popular councillor and person, hugely respected by the people he served. “His great strength was his warmth, impeccable manners, leadership, compassion, loyalty and unifying influence. Elias worked closely with different community and faith groups across the City of Wolverhampton, bringing people from all backgrounds together and making our city a better place as a result. “Despite illness, he continued his mayoral duties for as long as he could with unyielding strength, optimism and determination and raised thousands of pounds for his mayoral charities. He will be profoundly missed by many people.”
Keith Ireland said: “I know Cllr Mattu was incredibly proud to be Mayor of the City of Wolverhampton. I worked very closely with him and he will be sadly missed. On behalf of all employees of the council, I wish to extend my condolences to his family.”