TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular former mayor who has died.
Jack Laing, 86, died on Sunday, after a long battle with illness.
Mr Laing was a member of Mold Town Council for more than 30 years and served as mayor on two occasions, in 1978 and 1989.
The current Mayor of Mold, Cllr Robin Guest, described his death as a “great loss to his family, friends and the community of Mold”.
Cllr Guest said: “Jack served with Mold Town Council for over 30 years before retiring in 2008.
“During his time he was mayor on two occasions in 1978 and 1989. However, it was his commitment to the town’s cemetery that Jack is most remembered for.
“He was the chair of the burial committee which later became the cemetery committee from the early 1980s until his retirement in 2008.”
In his role as a town councillor, Mr Laing also served as tree warden in Mold. He was integral in the development of the Mold town map, as well as the introduction of the Tourist Information Office in the town.
His daughter, Anne, said her father would be greatly missed by his family and the community.
“Both the Laing family and the town of Mold have lost a dedicated, hard working and devoted man,” she said. “As a family, of course we are grieving but we know that the town of Mold is grieving too.
“Let us both take comfort together and celebrate the life of a wonderful, wonderful man.”
As well as being a long-serving community leader, Mr Laing also served in the Royal Air Force and was a valued member of the Air Training Corps in Mold.
Upon leaving the Royal Air Force he became a lecturer and taught aeronautical engineering at Kelsterton College.
Mr Laing is survived by his wife of 60 years, Patricia and their four daughters, Anne, Judy, Lucy and Frances, as well as two grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Mr Laing’s funeral will take place next Wednesday at 2pm at St Mary’s Parish Church, Mold.
It will be followed by committal at Pentrebychan Crematorium, Wrexham.
Mr Laing’s family has requested family flowers only and those who wish to make a donation can do so in Mr Laing’s memory to Nightingale House Hospice, Wrexham.