Former Mayor Ann Groves passes away

It is with deep sadness that we report the death of Ann Groves, former Mayor of Harrow, who passed away on 27th August after a short illness.

Ann Groves proudly represented residents of Marlborough ward on Harrow Council for more than 15 years, becoming Mayor in 1999 and bringing the borough into the 21st century. She also served as chair of the Labour Group of councillors – and many new councillors to this day owe much to her advice and guidance.

She was a forceful and forthright champion for the under-privileged and needy, working for numerous charities throughout her life. She was dedicated, too, to her beloved Marlborough ward – spending her working life in the payroll department of Kodak, and serving as a school governor at Marlborough school.

At home, Ann Groves’s life centred on her family and her wonderful garden. Fiercely independent, even in failing health, she would be seen walking to her local shop every morning for the day’s paper.

London Assembly Member Navin Shah said: 

“Ann, my friend and colleague, leaves behind a great legacy as a former Mayor and long-standing councillor. She made an immense contribution to the wellbeing of Harrow’s community and will be sadly missed by stakeholders, residents and a range of organisations that Ann lead and inspired over decades.”

The current Mayor of Harrow, Cllr Nitin Parekh, said: 

“I have found Ann a fantastic role model over the years, always giving me great encouragement and it has been an honour to receive regular support from her.”

Ann Groves leaves a daughter, Helen, and grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are set for 4th October at Breakspear Crematorium, followed by a function at Harrow Civic Centre Members’ Lounge.

Published: September 2nd 2019