Major Salford figures have paid tribute to Pendlebury councillor John Ferguson after his death was announced by the City Council on Saturday.

Mr Ferguson had been representing the Pendlebury ward for more than a decade, and was Lead Member for Workforce and Industrial Relations.

Salford Mayor Paul Dennett tweeted: “It’s with great sadness that I tweet this evening following the sad passing of my friend & comrade Councillor John Ferguson.

“John was a selfless man, hard working & a deeply committed socialist, always fighting for a better & fairer Salford & world. He will never be forgotten!”

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham expressed his sadness and sent his love to Mr Ferguson’s family.

The Salford Trades Union Council paid homage to a “committed socialist, committed to improving the lives of working people in Pendlebury, Salford and the world.”

The statement went on:

“An avid cricket fan, a long suffering Swinton Lions RLFC supporter and a less frequent rambler than he’d have wished.

“He was an ardent proponent for equality and justice, he consistently promoted young people in the Labour Party and the trades union movement, could be seen proudly at Pride and campaigned against anti-semitism and racism.

“Salford TUC and the City of Salford have lost a great man. A Party man to the end, he will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by his friends, colleagues and comrades.”

Langworthy Councillor John Warmisham expressed his sadness at the loss of a “friend and colleague”. He added: “A Stalwart of Salford Labour Party, a lifelong Trade Unionist and respected Ward Councillor. He will be greatly missed.”

Cllr Gina Reynolds, Lead Member for Adult Services, Health and Wellbeing, also shared her emotion on social media. She said: “Deeply saddened that my friend and fellow comrade John Ferguson has passed away. John worked tirelessly to improve the lives of the people of Salford and he will be greatly missed. RIP John.”

Mr Ferguson was re-elected as councillor last May with a majority of 562.

One Comment

  1. Steven Chilwell

    Besides everything John has done for the Labour party and the people of Salford He was my best friend of 25yrs and owe everything I have today to Him He was like a father to me and I will never meet a more Humble caring honest and Hard working friend R.I.P

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