The funeral for formal Hammersmith & Fulham Council leader and borough mayor William Smith has taken place.
Mr Smith, who received an OBE for his political work, died on March 30, aged 96.
Known to many as 'Mr Hammersmith', he served as council leader from 1968 to 1971 and remained as a councillor for Wormholt Ward until 1986, when he lost his seat. He was re-elected to represent Ravenscourt Ward in 1990 and was a councillor until 1998.
He served as mayor four times and deputy mayor once from 1978 to 1982.
Tony Hennessy, who joined as a councillor in 1978, said: “Bill was Mr Hammersmith. He was well-known and quite a character.
"He cared about Hammersmith and he cared about the job.
“He had the kind of charisma not many people have.”
Another long-time friend, Pamela Mulcaire, who knew Mr Smith for 40 years, said: “He was extremely thoughtful and kind and always gave you good advice.
"His judgement was very good and he was always very good at putting words together.”
In his younger days, he served in the Territorial Army before the Second World War, before fighting in the regular army in the conflict in North Africa.
He worked for chemical company ICI for 30 years before taking early retirement because of heart problems.
Mr Smith also served on the Greater London Council for two terms and was a magistrate for 30 years.
He lived in the borough almost his whole life until three years ago when he moved from his home in Emlyn Road to Eastbourne to be nearer family.
He leaves behind his brother Sidney, daughter Penny Hillier, son Chris Smith, three granddaughters and two great-grandsons.
A thanksgiving service took place on Wednesday (April 15) at St Paul’s in Hammersmith Church, which followed a private burial at Mortlake Cemetery.