I'm sad to be the bearer of the news that Nilgun Canver, 59, has passed away following a struggle with liver cancer.
A Mattison Road resident, Nilgun arrived from Istanbul as a student in the 1970s. She served as a councillor for St Ann's ward for sixteen years from 1998 to 2014. For much of this period she was also the lead member on. the Council for a number of different portfolios including crime, community safety and the environment. She was a fierce champion of Harringay's interests, in particular those of our high street and of the ward she represented.
Nilgun was a councillor in Harringay during the locally troubled times 15-20 years ago which culminated in shootings and deaths on Green Lanes. Following those difficult times, she led the revitalisation of Harringay with her chairing of the Green Lanes Strategy Group.
Beyond Harringay, Niligun was the founder of the Labour Friends of Turkey Group and an active participant for the Labour Party in European politics. She is survived by her only son Burak.
Nilgun was a well-known figure on Green Lanes and will, I'm sure, be very much missed by family, friends and Harringay residents.
Very sad news. She was always engaged & ready to take up local causes. Not enough like her.
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