Trib­utes as for­mer Mayor and is­land busi­ness­man dies

Bangor Mail - - NEWS -

TRIB­UTES have been paid to a well-known busi­ness­man and coun­cil­lor who has died.

John Vic­tor Owen, known to most peo­ple in Holy­head as sim­ply JV, died on Fri­day after a short ill­ness.

He was 73 years of age.

A for­mer county coun­cil­lor, ini­tially rep­re­sent­ing the Labour Party and lat­terly as an in­de­pen­dent, Mr Owen served as mayor of his home­town on sev­eral oc­ca­sions.

De­scribed by one for­mer col­league as “one of the old style char­ac­ters”, Mr Owen ran an ice cream busi­ness in Holy­head.

His vans were seen at most of the pop­u­lar vis­i­tor spots around the town. One of his for­mer em­ploy­ees said: “He was one of a kind. He could ap­pear brusque and stand off­ish but his bark was worse than his bite.

“He would of­ten stop and talk with you even though he was busy and pos­si­bly late for meet­ings and could be very gen­er­ous.”

An­gle­sey coun­cil­lor Tre­for Lloyd Hughes, who served on both county and town coun­cils with Mr Owen, said of him: “There were many who were against him, it would be right to say that of him, but he had the best in­ter­ests of the town at heart.

“In many cases he put his own money into ven­tures and ini­tia­tives in the town and his heart was in the right place.”

Mr Hughes said the death had come as a shock.

He is the third for­mer Mayor of the old Ynys MÔn Bor­ough Coun­cil to pass away in the past few weeks.

“I saw him re­cently at the fu­ner­als of for­mer coun­cil­lors John Meirion Davies and Gwyn Jones, who were both, like JV, for­mer Ynys Mon Bor­ough Coun­cil may­ors.

“He had re­spect for ev­ery­one no mat­ter what their po­lit­i­cal colours,” he added.

A spokesman for Holy­head Town Coun­cil said: “It is with deep sad­ness that we send our sym­pa­thy and con­do­lences to the fam­ily and loved ones of past Mayor and Coun­cil­lor J V Owen who passed away. Rest in Peace.”

JV Owen

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