Peter Hawley instigated the regeneration of Cleveleys in 2005
The death of the man behind Cleveleys new award-winning seafront is a tragedy for the people of Wyre, says the mayor of the borough.
Russell Forsyth led the tributes to his deputy mayor and close friend Peter Hawley on the day of his funeral.
Forsyth describes the £19m project to transform Cleveleys promenade as "his legacy".
Hawley - who was a former mayor of Wyre - died suddenly of a heart attack on 12 July aged 66.
'Looking forward to life'
Forsyth says he was "deeply shocked" by his deputy's death; he spoke to him just two hours before he died. "He told me he was at Victoria Hospital just having [been] given six months clearance from the cancer he had had.
"He was looking forward to life and suddenly it was taken away from him."
The £19m award-winning Cleveleys seafront
He says the well-known councillor was a great ambassador for the area, describing Hawley as "larger than life character, full of fun and had such a deep caring for his fellow man".
Forsyth adds: "He had a real capacity to communicate with people and get to the heart of problems."
The mayor says it was Hawley who inspired the nickname 'people's promenade' for the regeneration of Cleveleys front. "He involved all of the people of Cleveleys to get the right feel for this promenade.
"People will enjoy his legacy for many years to come."
Hawley spoke of his pride of the regeneration of Cleveleys front on BBC Radio Lancashire just three weeks ago. "It's completely revitalised the area," he said.
Hawley leaves behind wife Sue, three children Doug, Nick and Carole and granddaughter Abigail.