Posted on: Monday 13 March 2017
The ward councillor for Trevethin, Councillor John Marshall passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in the early hours of this morning. (13.03.2017)
John Arthur Marshall was first elected to Torfaen Council in May 1983. He was a former executive member for Environment, Economic Development and Regeneration and chair of the Planning and Pensions committees.
More recently he was a member of the Cleaner overview and scrutiny committee and Licensing committee and sat on numerous outside bodies including the Cold Barn Farm Management Committee, the Communities First Partnership in Trevethin, Health Learning Station Project Board, Pontypool Carnival Committee, Pontypool Regeneration Partnership and Trevethin & Penygarn Community Centre Management Committee.
John was born on 16 July, 1936 in Pontypool and was married with three children.
He was a qualified mechanic and worked as a fitter in Blaenserchan Colliery and also acted as NUM secretary for the pit during the Miner’s strike. During his leisure time he enjoyed watching Pontypool RFC, gardening and most sports, in particular cricket.
The Leader of Torfaen Council, Anthony Hunt said: "John was a pillar of the Labour and Trade Union movement and an inspiration to those of us who follow in his footsteps in our valley. We shall all miss him greatly and our thoughts go out to Eileen and their family.
Trevethin ward colleague, Cllr Lewis Jones said: "John was a solid family man and nobody had a bad word to say about him. We were on the council together for 30 years and I worked with John for many years before this in the Blaenserchan colliery. John was instrumental in the redevelopment of Pontypool and had also been involved in the regeneration of Blaenavon. John was a long standing supporter of Pontypool RFC and was himself a talented cricketer and he’ll be remembered fondly by residents in the ward."