HEARTFELT tributes have been paid to an Oswestry councillor described as a “tremendous servant” of the town.
Owen Jones, of Gobowen, 83, died at the weekend after his health deteriorated, leaving his wife, Gwen, children Robert, Deborah and Christine, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He had dedicated a large part of his life to serving the community and, speaking at the time of his stepping down from Oswestry Town Council last May, he said he hoped he had “achieved something for somebody”.
A message posted on the council’s Facebook page revealed he achieved much more than this.
Mayor Councillor Chris Schofield said: “Owen gave a lifetime of service to Oswestry and its community. He was a man who was passionate about the town and his knowledge, experience and willingness to help those less fortunate will be greatly missed.”
Mr Jones represented the Gatacre ward for 40 years from June 1973 and Oswestry South for two years from May 1963 over two terms.
He was also a former town and borough mayor on various occasions, a freeman of the borough of Oswestry and served on various groups and organisations.
The tribute said: “Owen was the driving force for twinning in Oswestry and was the president of the Oswestry Twinning Association.
“He had a passion for markets and for many years chaired our markets and car parks committee and was the town representative on the National Association of British Market Authorities.
“Our thoughts are with Gwen, Robert, Deborah and Christine and the family at thisa sad time. Oswestry has lost a tremendous servant,” he added.
After learning the ropes from his father, William Jones, who was Mayor of Oswestry in 1942, Mr Jones, who was at the heart of the development of the new town council following local government reorganisation in 1974 and previously with the rural borough council enjoyed the role and the challenges it brought.
He celebrated his diamond wedding anniversary with Gwen two weeks ago.
His son Robert said the family would miss him deeply.
“He has always been there for all of us.
“He was a very caring husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and always went out of his way for those who came to him for help.”