It is with great sadness that Merton Council announces the death of Councillor Maxi Martin.
Councillor Martin died peacefully in her sleep during the evening of 6 April 2016. She had been ill since December.
A long-standing member of the Labour Party, Maxi served as councillor for St Helier ward for 18 years. In 2003/04 she was Mayor of Merton and in 2010 she was appointed cabinet member for children’s services, having served as cabinet member for social services and education in previous administrations.
Councillor Martin was dedicated to serving her ward residents and to giving a voice to the young and more vulnerable in Merton. Maxi was a passionate advocate of children and young people. She was always very popular with children across the borough when she frequently visited them at their schools, taking a huge interest in their learning and creating a borough of opportunity for them. Her most recent visit was not long before she fell ill, when she went to Abbotsbury Primary School to see all the donations the children had collected from residents to support refugees living in the borough.
Leader of Merton council, Councillor Stephen Alambritis, said: “Maxi was a wonderful councillor and was deeply committed to representing residents in St Helier. She was also devoted to the interests of young people and worked tirelessly to ensure their voices were heard. The armed forces also valued the work she did in organising the yearly Armed Forces Day Parade in Merton.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Maxi’s family, who were so important to her and were with her until the last.”