FOND tributes have been paid to a former mayor who fought hard for his town.
Ken Moss, who served as a councillor for Waterlooville for 30 years, has died at the age of 87 following a short illness.
Mr Moss, who was Mayor of Havant borough in 1984, will best be remembered by many for leading the fight for Waterlooville to get its own swimming pool.
He also helped to get the attractive clock in Waterlooville town centre in 2006 and his name is still on it.
Gwen Blackett, a long-serving councillor for Purbrook, said: ‘His constituents always came first. He worked hard to get the best for Waterlooville.’
Mr Moss was first elected for the Conservatives for Waterloo ward in 1977.
He retired in 2007, having served on dozens of different committees over the years.
He was born in Landport in 1928 and moved to Cavendish Drive, Waterlooville, about 50 years ago.
He worked as a sales representative for various companies before becoming a financial adviser.
His son, Gary Moss, told The News he was ‘very proud’ to be a councillor.
He said: ‘He did what he thought was right for Waterlooville.
‘He put the borough before anything else.
‘His main achievement was the swimming pool.
‘He was instrumental in getting a public swimming pool for Waterlooville. He worked hard for that.’
Mr Moss said his father was a ‘Portsmouth man through and through’ and was proud of his roots.
Mr Moss was a keen sailor and regularly went to Cowes to compete.
During his mayoral year, he raised £32,000 to help install defibrillators in ambulances.
He is survived by his wife Penny, herself a former councillor, his two sons, Gary and Neil, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
His funeral takes place at Havant Crematorium, The Oaks, on Thursday.