The mayor of Bridgnorth, Jean Onions, has died, the town council has announced.
Her deputy, Ron Whittle described her as a "true entrepreneur".
"She could be fierce and, I am pleased to say, did not suffer fools. But on the other hand she had a soft heart and would defend friends and those in need with great tenacity," he said.
Mrs Onions took up the role earlier this year but passed away on Monday, after a "lengthy illness" the authority said.