Tributes paid to former Councillor Maurice Johnson
Published: Tuesday 10th January 17
Tributes are being paid to former Latchmere ward councillor Maurice Johnson who has passed away at the age of 84.
Mr Johnson had served as a Labour councillor for many years, first being elected in 1990 and continuing to serve until he stood down at the 2010 local elections.
Maurice Johnson, pictured here with his daughter Laura and the Mayor Cllr Stuart Thom
In 2010 he was made an Alderman of the London Borough of Wandsworth in recognition of his two decades of public service on behalf of the people of Battersea.
Paying tribute, Wandsworth Cllr leader Ravi Govindia said: “Maurice Johnson was a man widely admired and respected by people from all sides of the political divide.
“He spoke with passion on behalf of his constituents and always behaved in a dignified, polite and friendly manner and with a smile on his face. It was this gentle and courteous outlook that won him so many friends and allowed him to achieve so much for those he represented.
“He was a thoroughly warm and decent man and one whose own personal experiences of being subject to prejudice, rejection, and on occasion hate, never stopped him from rising above it and reaching out to all.
“He will be sorely missed by those who knew him. My personal condolences go out to his family and friends, especially his wife Cynthia and his children.”
During his time as a councillor he served on the following committees: Housing Overview and Scrutiny Committee 2001 – 2006; Licensing Committee (Regulatory) 2002-2010; Licensing Committee 2005-2007 and 2008-10; Social Services Committee 1994-1998; Transport and Technical Services Committee 1990-1992; Housing Policy Committee 1990-1991 and 1992-2001; Leisure and Amenity Services Committee 1992-1993; Policy and Resources Committee 1991-1992, 1993-1994 and 1998-2000.
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So sad to hear of Maurice's passing. He went out of his way to help his constituents and always with a smile on his face. He may have been a political opponent, but he always tried to find the best solution for the whole borough. An example to all of us. RIP Maurice.Nick Longworth (former Councillor for Wandsworth Common)
10 January 2017