Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Peter Roberts, a man whose dedication to and passion for further education made a huge difference to the lives of thousands of young people in our city.
“During his time as principal of Leeds City College, Peter’s commitment was second to none and his knowledge and consummate professionalism made him a source of invaluable guidance and support for the council along with many others involved in further education in Leeds and beyond.
“He was also a genuine, kind and popular man and his death is a tragic loss to the whole city. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones.”
Tom Riordan, chief executive of Leeds City Council, said: “I am so very sorry to hear this news and send my deepest condolences to Peter’s family and friends.
“Peter Roberts epitomised the very best of public service and made a hugely positive difference to young people in Leeds.
“He was thoughtful, friendly and completely committed to the city and further education. Peter helped me enormously over the last six years and I consider myself lucky to have known him.”