Councillors held a minute's silence to honour BBC radio broadcaster and author Jonathan Ali.
Bolton mayor Hilary Fairclough asked those in the chamber to stand in silence before Wednesday's meeting.
Ali spent more than 25 years with the corporation, mostly at BBC Radio Manchester, and was an authority on World War One. He died at Manchester's Christie Hospital on 30 May, aged 50.
A memorial service for him will be held at Bury Parish Church on 6 July.