Former mayor passes away at age 80

Former Mayor of Merton and councillor Joyce Paton sadly passed away on Thursday 18 June.

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Joyce served the residents of Merton for seven years. She came to office in June 1995 following a by-election in what was then Durnsford Ward, now known as Wimbledon Park Ward. Between1995 and 1998 Joyce concentrated on her council work. She was elected Mayor of Merton for 1999-2000 having already served as Deputy Mayor to Councillor Linda Kirby, when she was Mayor 1998-1999.  Joyce was involved in charity work and was behind many fundraising events for Victim Support Merton and the Ethnic Minority Centre, such as the charity cricket match on Mitcham Cricket Green or her charity bridge tournament.

Ms Paton’s funeral will be held at Kingston Crematorium on Tuesday 7 July at 1.40pm, followed by a wake at Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park from 2.45pm.  Those wishing to attend are asked to leave a message on 020 8398 6000 or email

Mayor of Merton, Councillor David Chung, said: “Joyce will be remembered for her commitment to serving the people of Merton as a ward councillor, Deputy Mayor and Mayor of the borough. Indeed, she will go down in history as the borough’s millennium Mayor. On behalf of everyone at Merton Council, I’d like to pass on my condolences to her family and friends at this sad time.”