Councillor Stead dedicated the last 12 years of his life to council business and was well-known and respected by his local community and further afield through his working life in the entertainment industry.
Leader of the council, Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, said:
“Richard was a highly effective ward councillor and had a wonderful manner to which people immediately warmed to. He was a great asset to the council; I shall miss him dearly as will Members and colleagues.
“He was truly one of life’s characters, had a wonderful and wicked sense of humour, but had a heart of gold and would help anyone with his common sense approach.
“I was proud to know Richard and my thoughts are with his family and friends”.
Local MP Graham Stuart said:
“Richard was warm, funny, effective, and knew how to get his point across. He was the ultimate community councillor, always taking up issues on behalf of people in Withernsea, the town he championed and loved. A politician and a performer he leaves a big hole in his community and the local party.
“We’ll all miss him. My thoughts are with his family and his large circle of friends.”