In Memory

Liam Jarnecki

10 Sep 1968 - 18 Aug 2023

Liam Jarnecki died at Royal Trinity Hospice in August 2023. Liam passed away following a cancer diagnosis received in July 2022. Liam’s husband Sidney, family and friends are all eternally grateful for the care and support from the team at Royal Trinity. Liam passed surrounded by love, breaking the visitor record and at times undoubtedly pushed the visiting limitations. Liam had requested limited funeral flowers; his preference would be for donations to charity. Following his passing at Royal Trinity Hospice, Sidney chose to donate to them. This tribute fund has been set up so we can continue to remember Liam, his life and legacy. Liam lived in Vauxhall with his husband for more than fifteen years, supporting countless local organisations and initiatives, and becoming a local Councillor in Vauxhall ward for the Labour Party in the local government elections in May 2022. His cancer diagnosis was made soon after his election, but he always continued to serve the interests of residents and communities across Lambeth who he held in his heart. Cllr Claire Holland, the leader of Lambeth Council, said: “Throughout his battle with cancer, Liam never lost his drive and sense of purpose as a councillor and his dedication to live a life of service for others. Becoming a councillor meant a great deal to him, and he embodied the best that anyone could ask for. An unwavering commitment to Vauxhall and Lambeth and our communities, standing up for those in need, and all the while doing it with the charm and humour that endeared him to all who met him. He will be dearly missed by us all.” Liam’s passions extended far beyond politics; he was an avid Eurovision fan. In 2003 and 2004 he was the fan specialist on the BBC Choice / BBC Three Eurovision review shows. He had an encyclopaedic knowledge of the competition and was a natural on screen. Liam was also passionate about football, both his team West Ham as well as campaigning for inclusive access to playing. He spent much of his own time playing football and fighting homophobia on the pitches in the 90’s. He was a pioneer of Stonewall Football Club, representing them at several Gay Games across the world and served as Chairman 2009-2012. During his career Liam worked across Whitehall at the Departments of Education and Department for Communities & Local Government, and in higher education, demonstrating a passion for supporting our schools, universities and learning, and giving opportunities for all young people. Liam spread love and wisdom in everything he did, touching the lives and leaving a lasting imprint on everyone who had the privilege to know him. He will be dearly missed by everyone but lives on in our memories and the knowledge he shared.

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