SANDRA HEVICAN: Emotion tributes paid to Sandwell councillor
Image: Sandra Hevican - LDRS
A much-loved Sandwell councillor fought coronavirus right to the end before losing her battle against it, her devastated colleagues have revealed.
A minute’s silence was held in memory of Tividale ward councillor Sandra Hevican at a full Sandwell Council meeting on Tuesday (March 23) night while the council house flag was lowered to half mast.
Earlier this week, it was announced the 55-year-old died after spending weeks in hospital, prompting emotional tributes at the meeting. She is survived by her husband Rob and son Greg.
She was first elected as a Tividale ward member in 2014 and successfully defended it in 2018.
Councillor Hevican, who was a housing benefits officer at City of Wolverhampton Council, was vice chair of the planning committee and served on other committees and boards including ethical standards and audit and risk.
At the meeting, family friend Councillor Ian Jones said: “It’s hard to envisage the sorrows that people have.
“For the last few months, I’ve communicated on a daily basis with Sandra and Rob while they went through Covid. (It was a) tremendous shock three weeks ago when Sandra was rushed to hospital.
“Rob I spoke to today and yesterday and obviously they are devastated.
“But I hope they can find the celebration in the life they had together. She was a good lady, a good friend and fought for Rob and Greg all along while in hospital.
“And the messages coming back from the hospital when she could communicate with them was, “not to worry, I’m fighting it.”
Deputy leader and Tividale ward member Maria Crompton said: “Sandra was not only a colleague but my very very good friend.
“We, along with Lorraine Ashman, all worked together as one. We worked together, went out together and I cannot imagine how awful this must be for Rob and Greg.
“It’s devastating for myself and an awful lot of other people who knew Sandra.
“She was the most lovely lady you could wish to meet, hard-working, dedicated. Everyone knows how much I thought of her.”
Tividale councillor Ashman added: “I first met Sandra in 2013 when she was selected as the Tividale candidate.
“Straight away both Maria and myself could see that she was an absolute gem.
“Whatever was happening in Tividale, she was there. You didn’t have to ask her. Always there with a smile and willing to help.
“She was extremely capable, hard-working and very committed to the residents of Tividale and the wider community.
“Nothing was too much trouble for Sandra and would go above and beyond for our residents, determined to get results.
“She was passionate about fairness and certainly was not afraid to voice her opinion where necessary. You knew where you stood with her.
“I’m more than certain the work she achieved in the ward in the last seven years will no doubt have changed many individuals lives.
“Her untimely passing has left us all devastated and she will be deeply missed.”
Tributes were also paid by Councillors Simon Hackett and Peter Hughes.
Words: Gurdip Thandi, Local Democracy Reporter
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