The honorary president of Kensington and Chelsea's Tenant Management Organisation (TMO), Doris Besant, has died the day after her 55th wedding anniversary.
Notting Hill resident and great-grandmother Doris Besant MBE, who died of lung cancer aged 75 on March 7, was the first chair of Kensington and Chelsea's Tenant Management Organisation (TMO) and, at the time of her death, its honorary president.
Her husband, Westbourne Park Road resident Fred Besant, 75, said: "She was a very feeling person and was more worried about the family than she was about herself.
"She could stand up to people, but she would never talk down to them."
He added that, since his wife's death, he has been inundated with messages from well-wishers.
"It shows how well she was thought of across the borough," he said.
Mrs Besant once famously made the council back down when she took part in a televised TV debate with former council leader Joan, now Lady Hanham, when the council wanted to raise rents by eight per cent.
Over the years, groups she was involved in included the Police Consultative Committee, the Kensington and Chelsea Residents' Association, the Crime Prevention Panel, the Tenants' Consultative Committee, Neighbourhood Watch, the Carnival Support Group and many more.
The couple had a son, Alan, 55, whose daughter, Chevaun Besant, 34, spoke fondly of her grandmother.
"I think she hung on until her wedding anniversary as a gift to her husband," she said.
Her grandmother had at first been reluctant to accept her MBE for voluntary work, she said, adding: "But in the end she did accept it and I think it is a fitting tribute to her commitment.
"She and her husband worked tirelessly for the community. She spoke up for the community and gave it a voice," she said.
Asked about the recent problems at the TMO, mum-of-two Chevaun replied: "I think she believed people maybe needed to stand behind the TMO more.
"My grand-mother lived in council property all her life and was a great believer in people having a say about their housing."
Mrs Besant's funeral is next Wednesday at 11am at Our Lady of the Holy Souls in Bosworth Road, North Kensington, where she was married.