R.I.P. Tom Martin of Stapleford

15th April 2013 staplefordcommunitygroup Broxtowe Borough Council, Uncategorized Tags: , 0 Comments

Tom Martin sadly passed away over the weekend, when details of the funeral become available they will be posted online.

The info below is taken from Broxtowe Borough Council web site,

Tom Martin C de G – Alderman dec

Tom Martin was born in 1918 in Llansannan, North Wales and still maintains links with the Principality. He is a fluent Welsh speaker and still enjoys speaking in his native tongue when the opportunity arises.

Tom, whose father was a farm labourer, has two brothers and a sister.  His sister and one brother still live in Wales and his other brother lives in Birmingham.

Having started his working life as a gardener on Lord Aberconway’s estate in Wales, Tom moved to the Midlands to work with British Rail and eventually to the Stanton and Stavely Ironworks.  He was soon to meet and marry his first wife, Vera, who was from Stapleford. Sadly, Vera died in 1985.  Their son now lives in Canada as do Tom’s three grandchildren.

Tom had been in Stapleford for only three months when war broke out. He enlisted in 1940 and went on to be awarded the French military decoration the ‘Croix de Guerre’ whilst with 239 Field Park Company, Royal Engineers in Verden, Germany.  He served throughout the Africa campaign from El Alamein to Sicily and went to France on the day following D-Day.  He then served in Belgium and Holland and took part in the battle for Germany.   Tom is a member of the Normandy Veterans’ Association.

After the war Tom’s interest in politics and the community grew.  He joined the Labour Party in 1948 working with the County Councillors in Nottinghamshire. He represented Stapleford from 1964 to 1967 on the Beeston and Stapleford Urban District Council. He was persuaded to stand for election to Broxtowe District Council in 1976 and was a Councillor for 22 years as a Labour and Co-operative member.  He was elected to Stapleford Town Council on its inception in 1985 until 1999 and has recently been co-opted back onto the Town Council.

It would perhaps be easier at this stage to list what Tom has not done since becoming a Councillor.  His council activities and good works appear to be endless.  He is a long standing member of Age Concern, a member of the St Helen’s Church Management Committee, a committee member at Maycliffe Hall and a helper at the Luncheon Club.  He has represented Broxtowe Borough on the Leicester Housing Association Committee, the Stapleford Allotment Association, the Stapleford Local Area Forum, the Stapleford Core Group, the Stapleford Jubilee Committee, the Broxtowe Single Homeless Action Group, and the Stapleford Pensioners’ Association.  He has twice been the Mayor of Stapleford and was Mayor of Broxtowe Borough in 1995.  He was a founder member of the pre-school playgroup and of the New Stapleford Community Centre, is a School Governor at Frederick Harrison and Stephenson Schools and was previously at Albany School, is a past president of the Nottingham Welsh Society and a former member of the Volunteer Bureau.

Tom was also a member of a number of Broxtowe Council committees including Housing, Leisure, Crime Reduction, Licensing, Twinning and the Broxtowe Sub-Committee for the Disabled.

That’s not all.  Tom has always been a champion of the elderly and for people with disabilities and has lent his time and support to a number of charities including Age Concern, the Macmillan Nurses and those concerned with brain damaged children and the elderly.

Tom married his present wife, Monica, in 1993 and he instantly increased his family to include three stepchildren and five grandchildren.  He and Monica share many interests and hobbies including gardening.  Tom has two allotments as well as a large garden. Tom and his wife are well known for their joint community works and make an energetic team.

Although he retired from work in the seventies Tom has never really given up working.   As well as lending his support to many causes and projects Tom is still giving practical help to the elderly and housebound.  At the age of 84 he still mows lawns and does garden maintenance for those who cannot do it themselves and distributes his allotment produce around the Stapleford community.

Tom Martin is a special kind of person who has given his time unconditionally to the people of his adopted hometown of Stapleford.  His caring nature and happy personality have made him a respected and popular figure whose Council works make him a worthy recipient of the title of Honorary Alderman of Broxtowe Borough.

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