TEARS were shed as a town council paid an emotional tribute to its clerk of 38 years.
Members of Flint Town Council shared memories of Nigel Jones who died earlier this month.
In a fitting tribute to the “inspirational” Mr Jones, members heard of the “tremendous contribution” he had given to the town in his role since the 1970s.
For almost the first time in nearly four decades a town council meeting was without Mr Jones.
During Monday’s meeting councillors agreed to re-name the new Muspratt Room in Flint Town Hall, as ‘Nigel’s Room’ in his memory – together with his portrait on the wall.
They also heard the 69-year-old grandfather died at Pontblyddyn Cricket Club – “a place he loved to be”.
Cllr Ian Roberts described him as an excellent friend.
“Nigel was always there, always available,” he said.
“He was a very special person. His funeral was testament to what people thought of him.”
Cllr Alex Aldridge said hearing about Nigel’s death was like “a bolt to the heart” and told members there should be a “permanent reminder” of Mr Jones at the town hall.
A majority of councillors stood up to share their memories of Mr Jones, as well as his closest colleague, PA to the clerk Sandra Williams.
His family and friends were left “shocked” and “devastated” following his death.
The father- of-four from Penyffordd, near Mold, was out on his daily walk with his beloved dog Geoff when he died suddenly.
Mr Jones, who was also clerk to Penyffordd Community Council and Leeswood Community Council, died on October 9.