Tributes as former Mayor and island businessman dies
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.”