Honorary Alderman and Cambridgeshire County Councillor Philip Read passed away on Saturday following a long illness.
Councillor Read, who was a farmer, was first elected to Cambridgeshire County Council in 1975 and has represented the community of Sutton where he lived and grew up for around 40 years.
He joined Sutton Parish Council in 1973 and was Chairman from 1975 to 1977. He also joined East Cambridgeshire District Council in 1973 and served on the planning, environmental health, housing and finance and policy committees.
Councillor Read, who was born in 1942, attended Sutton Village Primary School before going to King's School Ely and then onto the University of Leeds.
Cambridgeshire County Councillor Steve Count, said: "Philip will be sadly missed by us all. He gave decades of public service to the community where he grew up and lived in and he always made it clear that Sutton and East Cambridgeshire was at the heart of what he did. He will be well remembered for his work over the years, including his valuable contributions as Chairman of our planning committee. Our thoughts are with his family and friends."
Plans will now be put in place for a by-election for the Sutton Division.