Fond tribute to former Mayor and councillor Lynden Jones
Lynden was elected to the borough council in 1986 and served on many committees for 13 years, including Traffic and Construction, and as chairman for both Planning and Transportation and Environmental Services.
As Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane from 1999 to 2000, Lynden enjoyed his time as first citizen of the borough, with his wife Pamela by his side as Mayoress. Sadly, Pamela passed away last year, shortly after the couple had celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.
The borough flag at the Civic Offices in Basingstoke will be flown at half-mast in honour of Lynden on the day of his funeral.
Born in Barry, South Wales, in 1935, Lynden studied at the University of Wales, Cardiff, from 1954 to 1957 and graduated with a history degree. He went on to study at Manchester University to gain a Certificate in Deaf Education.
Lynden worked as a teacher of deaf children and became a head teacher in Edinburgh and Basingstoke. He was also appointed as Head of Service for the Deaf, at Hampshire County Council.
He married Pamela in Barry, on Easter Saturday in 1960, and they had three children, Christopher, Nicola and Kathryn, and four grandchildren.
They moved from Wales to Bristol, Burton-on-Trent, Hounslow and Edinburgh before settling in Basingstoke, where Lynden became head teacher of St Thomas' School for the Deaf in Darlington Road until it closed in 1985.
Lynden was a past chairman of Central and Northeast Hampshire Deaf Children’s Society; a past president of North Hampshire Association of Head Teachers and was an active member of Trinity Methodist Church in Sarum Hill as a lay preacher.
Lynden was a lifelong scout as a member of Barry Sea Scouts. He was also a past scoutmaster and chairman of scout group committees and vice-chairman of Relate in Basingstoke.
The current Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Cllr Diane Taylor said: “I remember Lynden as a popular and hard-working Mayor back at the turn of the century.
“More recently it has been a pleasure to get to know him and Pamela again at several functions and to send greetings to them on their diamond wedding anniversary, which they were able to celebrate just a few months before Pamela’s passing last year.
“It is so very sad now to lose Lynden. He was a man of character and honour and has served his community faithfully over many years.
“Our thoughts are with Lynden’s family at this sad time.”
Paying the family’s tribute, Lynden’s daughter Nicola said: “We were lucky to have such wonderful parents and very proud of what our father achieved throughout his life.
“He loved being borough Mayor and in particular, meeting and getting to know more people in Basingstoke. He was always genuinely interested in the local community and what everybody was doing.
“He will be sadly missed as a loving father and grandfather.”