Hundreds turn out to say goodbye to ‘Mr Waterloooville’

Ken Moss's coffin is brought into The Oaks crematorium in Havant  ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (150827-1972)
Ken Moss's coffin is brought into The Oaks crematorium in Havant ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (150827-1972)
  • Ken Moss’ legacy includes protecting woodland and Waterlooville’s swimming pool
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HE was known to many as Mr Waterlooville.

And Ken Moss’ legacy to the town was remembered at a moving funeral service.

It was standing room only at Havant Crematorium as more than 150 people turned out to pay their respects to the former mayor, who died recently at the age of 87 following a short illness.

Mr Moss was a councillor for Waterlooville from 1977 to 2007, while his surviving wife, Penny Moss, also a former mayor, served for two decades herself.

Together they were described as a ‘formidable couple’ who helped to give the town a strong voice at Havant Borough Council.

Paying tribute to Mr Moss, Paul Buckley, a councillor for Waterlooville, said: ‘He had a clear mission to improve Waterlooville for the residents.

Ken Moss

Ken Moss

‘Ken was passionate about leisure facilities for young people.

‘He was determined that Waterlooville needed a swimming pool and leisure centre. Through his work, he fought to deliver that dream. Despite opposition it duly came to fruition in 1991.’

The service heard how Mr Moss, known as Mossy to friends, helped to save Hurstwood and Park Wood from development and those spaces are enjoyed by hundreds of walkers every year.

He unveiled the pedestrianised Waterlooville precinct in the 1980s.

He fought to deliver his dream

Paul Buckley

‘When we came to look at his scrapbook – three volumes – you see he had some great memories,’ said Cllr Buckley. ‘He welcomed The Queen to Havant railway station on her way to the D-Day commemorations.’

His swansong was helping to raise £19,000 for a Victorian clock in Waterlooville town centre in 2006.

‘It will stand in his memory for many years to come,’ said Cllr Buckley. ‘Rest in peace – safe in the knowledge that your legacy lives on.’

The congregation was shown a slideshow of his time as a councillor, including laying the paving in the town centre and with the then newly-crowned Wecock Carnival Queen.

Mr Moss, born in Landport, was a keen sailor and regularly sailed Victory Class yachts out of Portsmouth.

He enjoyed a pint with his friends and work colleagues at The Woodpecker, in London Road.

Bill Fish, a former colleague at Co-operative Insurance Society, in Portsmouth, where Ken was a sales agent, said: ‘He had wonderful panache.

‘He was the top salesman – not just in this area, but the whole of the country.

‘He was a well-liked guy and very respected.’