Tribute to former councillor and teacher who taught Mill Hill children over five decades

By Dave Speck in Local People

A MUCH-loved former teacher and councillor from Barnet has died aged 86.

Great-grandmother-of four Mary Phillips will be remembered by many was an infant teacher at Goodwyn School in Mill Hill from 1966 until her retirement in 2001.

She was also a ward councillor for East Finchley and St Paul’s wards as well as chair of Barnet Council’s planning committee and chair of governors at Oak Lodge School in East Finchley.

Sister-in-law Tessa Phillips said Mary’s active life also involved work for charity as well as being a mother-of-four who had ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She said: “She was an excellent local councillor, doing all she could to help the residents in her wards.

“She served on several of the Mayor of Barnet’s charity appeal committees and organised sponsored swims. On top of this, she was also a prominent member of the Finchley Carnival Committee which raised thousands of pounds for many important local causes.”

Mrs Phillips, was born in Long Lane, Finchley in 1931, and married husband Godfrey in 1954 whereupon they lived in Chiddingfold, Woodside Park, until 1994 when they moved to Potters Bar.

Mrs Phillips died peacefully on Wednesday 1 February 2017.

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