Former Mayor of Brent Jim O'Sullivan dies

18 March 2020

Tributes have been paid to the former Mayor of Brent, Jim O'Sullivan, who has passed away from a heart attack aged 84. His family have informed the council that he died peacefully in his sleep. Flags are flying at half-mast today at Brent Civic Centre.

Born in Ireland, he moved to England in 1956 - first residing in Dollis Hill, then Neasden and Wembley. Mr O'Sullivan was councillor for 12 years - diligently serving the residents of St Andrews and Barnhill wards between 1998 and 2010.

Jim served as the borough's first citizen and Mayor between 2009 and 2010, and described his Mayoral year as a ‘great honour'.

He was an active member of the community. During his years as a Councillor he was committed to working closely with Barnhill Residents' Association, and during his time as Mayor, raising money for charity and meeting many residents to hear their concerns.

In the next few months there will be a service to celebrate his life, which his family will announce once arrangements can be made.

Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of the Council, said:

"Jim O'Sullivan was a councillor who absolutely cared about all the residents that he served. When he was Mayor, he represented all communities but made sure that the Irish community had presence and were recognised for their contribution and success to the borough. He will be missed by his family and by all of us who had the opportunity to work with him."

Cllr Ernest Ezeajughi, the current Mayor of Brent, added:

"Jim's death is very sad news. He was an excellent public servant and will be greatly missed by everyone at the council."