Belfast Telegraph

Tributes paid as Alliance councillor Mervyn Jones dies age 66

By Claire Williamson

Tributes have been paid to Alliance councillor Mervyn Jones who passed away at the age of 66.

Mr Jones served as Alliance Councillor for the Pottinger Ward on Belfast City Council from 1985 until 2001, and then for the Victoria Ward (now Ormiston) from 2005 until present.

He also served as Party Treasurer.

Mr Jones was discovered at his home on Thursday evening after he failed to attend the installation of new Alliance Belfast Mayor Nuala McCallister.

A party member called at his home and made the discovery. A post-mortem is due to be carried out to determine the cause of death.

Party leader Naomi Long said she had been left profoundly sad.

She said: "Mervyn was an esteemed colleague and friend to all of us in Alliance, and we have all been left profoundly sad by this news. He truly loved the party and working for the public, and his quiet, yet diligent work behind the scenes was of immeasurable assistance to Alliance.

“His political work is well known, working as Alliance Chief Whip on the Council during some of the most turbulent periods in City Hall. His political acumen was a huge asset to both Alliance and the City Hall team more widely.

“Mervyn was completely dedicated to his three sons and was never happier than when following his beloved Glentoran, Sunderland and Northern Ireland football teams. He will be hugely missed by all of us, not only for his commitment to Alliance and the support and political advice which he offered, but for his dry wit and humour which often livened up long meetings.

“On behalf of Alliance, I have expressed our deepest sympathies to Mervyn's ex-wife, Dawn, his sons Graham, Timothy and Ian, his brothers Trevor, Barry and Keith, and the Jones family circle.”

Sinn Fein MLA Jim McVeigh who is group leader on Belfast City Council, offered his and Sinn Fin condolences to Mr Jones' family.

Mr McVeigh said: "Mervyn has been a long standing member of this council and it is with sadness that we learned of his passing.

“Sinn Féin would like to offer our condolences to his family at this difficult time.”  

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