Council mourns death of former Mayor Joan Jones

Published: 11 September 2019

Slough Borough Council regrets to announce the death of Joan Jones, a former councillor and Mayor of the town.

Joan passed away on Friday (6 September) aged 87.

Joan was a Slough Borough Councillor from 1973 to 1979 serving as a councillor for Wexham Court Ward and again from 1999 to 2002 for Kedermister Ward.

She was deputy Mayor from 2000 to 2001 and the Mayor of Slough for the municipal year 2001 to 2002.

One of her highlights as Mayor was hosting the Commonwealth Games Rhythmic Gymnastics at The Centre, and meeting all the team coaches in the Mayor’s Parlour, where she regaled them with tales of all her travels to their countries.

Councillor James Swindlehurst, leader of the council, said: “I have known Joan for more than 20 years, she was a stalwart of the town and our thoughts are with her family.

“She was dedicated to public service and to Slough and served as Mayor with the hospitality and enthusiasm she was known for.

“Joan was widowed quite young but despite this grasped life with both hands, travelling all over the world, never losing her sense of adventure and making the most of every opportunity that came her way.

“Slough has lost one of its greatest cheerleaders; someone whose sense of duty has been an example to us all. She will be missed.”

The flag at St Martins Place is flying as half mast as a sign of respect.