It is with very deep regret that we announce the death of our friend and colleague Niranjan Francis on the 23rd April 2016 at the age of 59 after a long battle with cancer.
Niranjan was a long-standing member of the local community, having served as the local sub-postmaster at the Post Office on Gipsy Road for many years. He was elected in 2010 as one of the first Labour councillors for Gipsy Hill in twenty years and was re-elected with a significantly increased majority in 2014.
He was passionate about serving the local community, often running an informal surgery for local residents from behind the till at his shop and was constantly taking up issues on behalf of people from across the ward.
A native of Sri Lanka, Niranjan had built a life for his family in the UK after serving in the merchant navy and wanted the chance to represent the community that had become his own. Despite his ill-health Cllr Francis continued to try and attend all council meetings, including the council’s budget meeting in February 2016.
He was a dedicated local councillor with an incredible work ethic. Cllr Francis was constantly lobbying the council’s officers and political leaders to secure investment in local council housing, improving roads and pavements and, through his membership of the council’s health scrutiny committee, was an advocate for better social care for many of Lambeth’s older residents.
He was generous and gracious to everyone that he encountered, constantly optimistic and determined to get things done. We will miss his friendship, humour and his service to the local community, and our deepest sympathies are with his wife, two children and his wider family.