Tribute to former chair of Harlow Council Harry Talbot

History / Fri 12th Jan 2018 at 05:15pm

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A FORMER Chair of Harlow Council and praised by many as a champion of human rights has died.

Harry Talbot came to Harlow in 1958. He was a local councillor for 17 years, Harlow Chairperson for two years (92-94).

Harry Talbot was a Labour Party stalwart all his life, as well as an active unionist member (during the miners strikes.) He then became a member and Secretary of the Harlow Pensioners Action Association in later years.

His daughter Debra Thompson said: “Dad worked well beyond his retirement years, helping youngsters get jobs, get homes, working with SHAPE (NACRO) in his 70’s.

“He was a very passionate person when it came to politics but he was very loving and caring also.

“His true passions were fighting the corner of the working classes, for fairness, for supporting the young and old alike, for peace and basic human rights, West Ham and his family (maybe not in that order.)

“I’m sure that there may be many people in the town’s Labour Party that still remember him during his ‘glory’ years, before and since, especially Stan Newens.

He was often approached by people, even recently, thanking him for his help in the past. They never forgot him. I hope the town he loved, never does either.

“My father died last Sunday (January 7th) at 87yrs of age, there ending his last, and most valiant fight, but this was not against the Tories or injustice, but a personal fight against Parkinsons and Dementia”.

Harry Talbot’s funeral is at 1130 am on Monday February 5th at Harlow Crematorium.

The famiky request that you wear something red.

Any kind donations made in his honour, to Street2Homes will be gratefully accepted on the day.

Floral tributes to Coop Funeral Services.

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