Tributes pour in for a former Mayor

Dorset Echo: Tributes pour in for a former Mayor Tributes pour in for a former Mayor

EMOTIONAL tributes have flooded in for a loving family man and former mayor of Weymouth and Portland Alan Martindale.

Mr Martindale, 91, who lived on Portland, passed away at Dorset County Hospital on New Year’s Day.

He was a much-loved father, grandfather and great grandfather.

Mr Martindale has been described by his wife Mollie, 69, as a ‘loving family man who was all heart’.

He was born in Kendal, Cumbria in 1922 but came to Portland in 1941 while serving in the RAF.

He joined Portland Urban District Council in 1958 serving until 1973, and due to the local government reorganisation he then moved to Weymouth and Portland Borough Council as a member of the planning, harbour and industry, environmental health and control committees.

Mr Martindale was mayor fromn 1993 until 1994, which at the time, marked a 35-year career as councillor for Portland Underhill and 19 years service with the borough.

He was made an honorary alderman of the borough in 1995.

Mrs Martindale added: “Alan had suffered a couple of heart attacks and his liver was not functioning properly. Doctors also said he had a bit of pneumonia – but 91 is a grand old age and he loved his life.

“Alan retired from the council shortly before the year 2000 because he wanted to go out on a high.

“He loved his family so much, but he was also a real community man who had a heart for people and Portland – the place he called home for more than 60 years.

“He was so kind and would always help anyone he could.

“Most of all he really lived for his family. Whether they came to visit him all at once or one at a time – he absolutely loved spending time with them all.”

Mayor of Portland Town Council, Les Ames, added: “Alan was always a very good friend and we supported each other on many occasions, especially on planning matters.

“My condolences go to his wife Mollie and his family, and my wife and I are thinking of them all at this time.”

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10:06am Sat 4 Jan 14

Rocket dog3 says...

Janicek hardy how idiotic is your comment is that suppost to be free advertising on an article that tributes a former mayor of weymouth and Portland you moron if she earns so much I take it that she's paying you gloat for her oh and by the way we use pounds here not dollars (idiot)
Janicek hardy how idiotic is your comment is that suppost to be free advertising on an article that tributes a former mayor of weymouth and Portland you moron if she earns so much I take it that she's paying you gloat for her oh and by the way we use pounds here not dollars (idiot) Rocket dog3

10:42am Sat 4 Jan 14

PORTLAND ROVER says...

So sorry about Alan's Passing. Alan was a much respected person on Portland and over on the mainland. He was a genuine man and always happy to talk about the isle. He was a member of Portland Town Council when being on Portland Town council actually meant something. Always willing to listen to the residents of the isle and take action on their behalf. Although Alan was not Born on Portland, he was accepted as Portland's own. A true Gentleman with a huge heart for the Isle he made his own and the people who also lives here. Thank you Alan! My thoughts are with Molly, Stuart Michelle and the rest of the Family. If it is any consolation whatsoever, please be assured that Portland respected Alan and he was much loved by many. Axxx
So sorry about Alan's Passing. Alan was a much respected person on Portland and over on the mainland. He was a genuine man and always happy to talk about the isle. He was a member of Portland Town Council when being on Portland Town council actually meant something. Always willing to listen to the residents of the isle and take action on their behalf. Although Alan was not Born on Portland, he was accepted as Portland's own. A true Gentleman with a huge heart for the Isle he made his own and the people who also lives here. Thank you Alan! My thoughts are with Molly, Stuart Michelle and the rest of the Family. If it is any consolation whatsoever, please be assured that Portland respected Alan and he was much loved by many. Axxx PORTLAND ROVER

5:18am Mon 6 Jan 14

Smartiez says...

Missing you so much granddad, I will look after nan for you. I am so sorry that I didn't come down and see you after Christmas but atleast I got to see you smile just before. I hope you are at peace and I love you so much. You knew so many stories (especially about the docks) I will miss your stories about your old days down at the docks even though you loose me more than once, I always caught back up. You had a golden heart and you always cared for people. You were one in a million Granddad and you will be surely missed by your family and your friends.
Missing you so much granddad, I will look after nan for you. I am so sorry that I didn't come down and see you after Christmas but atleast I got to see you smile just before. I hope you are at peace and I love you so much. You knew so many stories (especially about the docks) I will miss your stories about your old days down at the docks even though you loose me more than once, I always caught back up. You had a golden heart and you always cared for people. You were one in a million Granddad and you will be surely missed by your family and your friends. Smartiez

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