Tributes made to former Gosport councillor

John Train of Gosport, who has died
John Train of Gosport, who has died
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  • Family and friends have paid tribute to Alderman John Train who served Gosport council for 20 years
  • The former councillor was known for his dedication to the role
  • He was honoured with the Alderman title after losing his seat on the council in 2008
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TRIBUTES have been paid to a former councillor who dedicated more than 20 years to his adopted town.

The funeral of Alderman John Train, from Gosport, was held this week and attended by dignitaries from across the town.

John was hard-working, conscientious and very well liked

Graham Hewitt

Mr Train, also known as Jock, was described as a caring man who was dedicated to his work as a councillor for the Labour party.

His granddaughter Gemma Train led the tributes at his funeral on Monday.

She described him as a caring and generous family man who had undertaken his work as a councillor with compassion and dedication.

Councillor June Culley, leader of the Labour group on the council, said: ‘Jock was liked and respected irrespective of politics.

‘He will be greatly missed by his many friends of the Gosport Labour Party and trade unions.’

Gosport mayor Keith Farr added that it had been a privilege to work with him.

Mr Train was a life-long socialist and a councillor for Brockhurst ward. When the boundaries changed, he became councillor for Rowner and Holbrook until 2008.

When he lost his council seat he was made an Alderman in recognition of his service to Gosport.

Graham Hewitt, who was a close friend, said it was a tribute to Mr Train to give him the honourable title.

He said: ‘John was hard-working, conscientious and very well liked. He was a very popular person and people from across all political parties got along with him.

‘He had so much loyalty to Gosport and had a lot of experience.

‘I think it was those attributes which saw him become an alderman.

‘Giving him the honour was a fitting tribute.’

Mr Train was originally from Kilmarnock and first went to Gosport to serve in the Royal Navy. On completion of his military service he joined Gosport council’s maintenance team.

Throughout his adult life, he was a keen supporter and worker for the British Legion, particularly the Poppy Appeal.