Council pays tribute to former councillor Brian Jones

Date 28/09/2017
Brian Jones

Tributes have been paid to the former councillor Brian Jones from Cwm-y-Glo who recently passed away.

He had been a councillor for over 37 years, retiring only recently before the last election in May. He represented the Cwm-y-Glo ward on the former Arfon Municipal Council and then Gwynedd Council since its establishment in 1996.

As an elected member he battled tenaciously over social justice issues. In 2012 he became the Council’s Cabinet Member for the prevention of poverty and deprivation. Before this he was also the Portfolio Leader on matters relating to Children and Young People.

Councillor Annwen Daniels, Chairman of Gwynedd Council, said: “Brian Jones was a gentleman and a highly respected member of Gwynedd Council.

“Throughout his time as a local councillor the people and the community of Cwm-y-Glo remained close to his heart. He worked tirelessly to help people of all ages and backgrounds from across Gwynedd.

“His passing will be keenly felt by the elected members of all groups who worked with him for many years. As a Council, we extend our most sincere condolences to his family and friends.”

Brian Jones was leader of the Labour Group on Gwynedd Council between 2008 and 2015.

Councillor Sion Jones, a fellow member from this group, paid tribute to him. He said: “The first time I met Brian was in his home in Cwm-y-Glo. As a young candidate I was seeking advice from this experienced Councillor, and I was also aware that he had worked in the printing industry. Brian was held in high regard by local people, and as I began to get to know him better I saw how much respect he commanded from Government Ministers and civil servants.

“Brian was passionate about tackling poverty, and led the portfolio on the Cabinet in Gwynedd Council. His work has meant better communities for us all, and Brian will be remembered for his achievements and his dedication in helping everybody.

“My thoughts are with his family, especially his wife Olwen, at this time. Brian’s work has meant better communities for us all, and Brian will be remembered for his achievements and his hard work for all.”

Brian Jones was also a Magistrate and a Trade Union representative.