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Town pays tribute to John

Tributes have been paid to popular Borehamwood councillor John Nolan, who died last week after serving the community for more than 30 years.

Councillor Nolan died, age 79, at Barnet Hospital last Wednesday, where he had been diagnosed with leukaemia.

As Hertsmere Borough Council's flag flew at half-mast this week, his widow Margaret Nolan said: "He was a very kind and gentle man, and helpful to everybody. He never turned anyone away from his door. He was loved by everybody."

Mr Nolan, a Labour councillor for Cowley Hill ward, was born in County Longford, Ireland, and moved to England, where he became a railwayman and trade union official with British Rail.

He was with Hertsmere council from its formation, in May 1973, and served as its mayor from 1995 to 1996.

He was a councillor on Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council from 1969, which included four periods as town mayor.

Hertsmere Labour leader, Councillor Frank Ward, said: "John was respected by all members of the council for his sincerity, dedication and hard work on behalf of the residents of Cowley Hill ward. He will be sadly missed by many."

Borough council leader, Councillor Neil Payne, said: "Although of a different political persuasion, I always got on with him. He was a very friendly man. He worked well for his constituents and he will certainly be missed as a character."

According to Hertsmere MP James Clappison: "He was a true gentleman, who gave great service to the people of Borehamwood and Hertsmere, both as councillor and mayor. He was held in the highest esteem by all who knew him."

Mayor of Elstree and Borehamwood, Councillor Ernie Butler, said: "He was a good friend to everybody."

Cowley Hill ward shopkeeper Ivor Rosenberg said: "He was one of the best community councillors there has ever been."

The funeral of Councillor Nolan, who also leaves behind two children and four grandchildren, was due to be held at 10am on Wednesday, April 9, at St John Fisher and St Thomas More Roman Catholic Church, Rossington Avenue, followed by burial at Allum Lane Cemetery, Elstree. Instead of flowers, people were invited to make donations to MENCAP care of: Lian Cranstone, the Co-operative Funeral Service, 60-62 Shenley Road, Borehamwood, WD6 1AE.

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