Tributes pour in for Jim Maddan OBE

Published: Wednesday 13th September 17

Heartfelt tributes are being made today to Jim Maddan, Mayor of Wandsworth, who sadly passed away earlier this morning (Wednesday).

Cllr Maddan, who represented Thamesfield ward in Putney, had served as a councillor in Wandsworth since 2002.

Prior to entering local politics he served as a police officer for 30 years, rising to the rank of Inspector until his retirement in 1999. He was the officer in charge of day-to-day policing in Putney and Roehampton from 1992 until his retirement seven years later.

Council Leader Ravi Govindia said: “Jim had been unwell for some time but his passing comes as a huge and very sad shock to us all.

“He served the people of Wandsworth faithfully for many years, first as a police officer and then as a local councillor. In both roles he was a truly dedicated public servant who wanted the best for the community he loved.

“To those who were lucky enough to know him he was a larger than life character, great fun and great company and a wise and respected colleague. He will be truly missed by many, many people across our borough but especially in Putney and Roehampton.

“Our deepest thoughts, sympathies and condolences go out to his family, especially to our Mayoress Linda. Their loss is our loss too and our hearts go out to them at this very sad time.”

As well as serving as Mayor this year Cllr Maddan had also occupied the role of the borough’s first citizen between 2006 and 2007 during which time he attended more than 700 official events. Before taking up the role for a second time in April, he had served as cabinet member for adult care and health, a position he held from 2008 onwards

He also chaired the borough’s health and wellbeing board and played a major role in the successful integration of public health services in the borough from the NHS to local government.

He also served as national chairman of the Neighbourhood Watch network in England & Wales and was actively involved with this crimefighting charity from 1992 onwards. It was in this crime prevention role that he also served on a number of Home Office committees dedicated to tackling and deterring crime. The Neighbourhood Watch Network have published their own tribute.

He was a past President of The Rotary Club of Putney and an active Rotarian for more than 20 years.

In January 2015 Cllr Maddan was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honour List in recognition of his services to policing and the community.

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Recent comments

Very saddened on belatedly learning of Jim Madden's death. He built a formidable reputation whilst 'High Sherif' of Putney Police. He was the embodiment of what we all expect a police officer to be. He had presence! I had the privilege of working with him during my tenure as Wandsworth Police Borough Commander. He was passionate about serving the borough of which he was so proud. He was hugely supportive of the police but was never afraid to challenge former colleagues where necessary or fully support his constituents. I was delighted to see that he had become Mayor of the borough. His presence would have come in handy again! For all of us who knew and worked with him, I can say that the borough is the poorer for his passing.
Paul McGregor

30 November 2017

We are very sorry to hear the sad news about Cllr Jim Maddan's death. A truly great man in our borough. We will always remember him as a wise councillor and a very helpful man who was there for everyone in the Wandsworth and Putney community. With our deepest sympathy to Jim's wife and all his family and friends, best wishes, Ditte and Paul Donnelly (Putney, SW15).
Paul Donnelly and Ditte Donnelly

28 September 2017

We got to know Jim quite well over the past few years. He was curious and attentive, and keen to make things work. He joined us at our network and community meetings and went on to lead the partnership panels which we established to support better cross-sector relationships and new ways of working. He was unique and a one-off; generous, easy to get along with, and quick witted. A true and genuine servant of the people, who made a positive difference to the many lives that he touched. We will all miss him greatly. May he rest in peace, and rise in glory.
Malik Gul

21 September 2017

I am so sorry to read of Jim's passing. He was a lovely man whom I met several times over the years. I will miss seeing him around.
Mary Symons

17 September 2017

The staff and members of Regenerate-RISE were very sad to hear of the sudden death of Clr Jim Maddan. He has visited us at the Platt Centre many times and we were recently privileged to have him visit the Party in the Marquee at the Roehampton Festival, in his role as Mayor of Wandsworth. He contributed so much to the local community as well as to London as a whole and our thoughts and prayers will be with his family at this very sad time.
Mo Smith

16 September 2017

Served with Jim at Wandsworth in the Met Police. A natural leader, not so evident in today's police. Policing is arduous, working with Jim made it a joy. He galvanisied his team through trust and utter confidence in the leader. I will always remember him as one of the kindest persons I have known. A gentle giant. May you find your God and rest with him.
Graham Evans

16 September 2017

So sorry to hear about Jim Madden, a very fine Policeman!
Lorraine Muth

16 September 2017

I am so sorry to read this. It was a privilege to work with with Jim. A kind man with a wonderful sense of humour. My thoughts are with Mrs Madden.
Ellen Ley

16 September 2017

So very sad to hear the news about Jim. We worked together as Councillors for a while and Jan and I know him as an excellent Ward Councillor. He will be greatly missed.
Jan Leigh and Jan Rynkiewicz

15 September 2017

How very sad to hear of Jim Madden's passing. Jim worked tirelessly for the people of Wandsworth. I was privileged to have received support from Jim on a number of local issues. Jim was a great advocate of local initiatives and was indeed a gentleman. Condolences to his family and colleagues. He will be sorely missed.
Peter Khoury

15 September 2017

Heartbroken... always a pleasure to work with. I shall miss his ready smile for my camera.
Toni Marshall

15 September 2017

Heartbroken... always a pleasure to work with. I shall miss his ready smile for my camera.
Toni Marshall

15 September 2017

I was very sad to learn that Jim died earlier this week. I worked with him for many years during the tennis championships at Wimbledon and he was an extremely charming, intelligent and amusing colleague. He will be missed by many people and I send my condolences to his family and friends. I would be very grateful if you could kindly send me details of his funeral.
melanie purnell

15 September 2017

I have worked on several panels with Jim Madden and I have to say he was the most wonderful, caring and helpful person I knew. My condolences to his family and friends. He will be sorely missed. May he rest in eternal peace.
Veronica Thomas

15 September 2017

I am so very sorry to hear the news about Mr Maddan, he worked with my husband for the Metropolitan Police, and he was also my councillor and I served on several Panels with him. He was always very helpful and supportive. I will miss him and may he rest in peace. I would like to know when and where his funeral is, he attended my husband's funeral and I would like to attend his, if possible, and pay my respects. Thank you Sandra xx
Sandra Fackrell

14 September 2017

Jim Madden looked after our best interests for the 12 years I knew him. Whenever the residents of Kenilworth Court (and all people in Putney) needed advice or direct help by visits, phone, emails or text Jim would be there for us. He could bob and weave around the politics and often surprised you with his insights. A big gentle giant with a roguish smile and wicked (quiet) sense of humour 'Big Jim' was a one off. A genuinely nice guy ! We'll all miss you Jim.
Frank Binnie

13 September 2017

Jim was a long standing friend of myself and my wife Tina. We have known Jim for 40 years plus new he was ill but this has been a complete shock. I have lost contact with his son Simon I would be very grateful if you could let me have details of his funeral as we would very much like to attend. Thanks John Jenkins
John Jenkins

13 September 2017

Jim headed the Wandsworth Community Safety Trust which fitted hundreds of key safes in the Borough to help speed hospital discharge, get people back into their homes and unblock much needed beds. He was a man of great foresight and a loss to the community.
Simon

13 September 2017

Extremely sad to hear of Jim's death; he was an excellent Councillor & champion for the Borough
judith roscoe

13 September 2017

So very sad to hear this news. I encountered Jim when we were performing 'Ma Kelly's Doorstep' with Attic Theatre Company several years ago. We did many performances across the borough and I think he attended every one, and was a great support to us. He was also a personal help when I needed assistance trying to access someone in sheltered accommodation. Commiserations to his family.
Kate Reynolds Brabazon

13 September 2017

Jim was a remarkable, dedicated and humane person. As a fellow Putney Conservative I greatly admired his perception and understanding. His such sad demise will be a great loss to the whole of Putney as well as Wandsworth Council. But may he now rest in peace. Fiona Stephens
Fiona Stephens

13 September 2017

Jim and I were fellow Councillors from 2002 to 2006. Jim brought a straightforward attitude to his role as a Councillor. He was there to put his experience and insight at the service of his ward's residents. Not just those who voted for him, but everyone. His background gave him a clear focus on what worked and what didn't and he put all of that strength into his role on Wandsworth Council. Jim, you will be missed.
Nick Longworth

13 September 2017