In memoriam: Jim Lomax

Cllr Nik Johnson, chair of Huntingdon CLP, remembers his predecessor and friend, Jim Lomax, who served his community as councillor and mayor.

“Jim Lomax, a true giant of the local Huntingdon Labour party and much loved friend of all, passed away yesterday at Addenbroookes hospital.

Jim Lomax“Jim was a stalwart of our monthly meetings. As a member of over 60 years he was often the first to offer some true pearls of wisdom from the past but at the same time could bring huge energy and new ideas to our meetings and local campaigning. Many of you will have also known Jim as the organiser and announcer of the 200 club but in truth and in terms of our local CLP, he was so much more than that. Alongside his wife, Thelma, Jim has worked tirelessly over decades for the benefit of our CLP and the people of Huntingdonshire. He was hugely respected across the political spectrum and he will be sorely missed.

Jim Lomax blowing up balloons“Thelma is being supported by family and friends and I know many of you will want to send your love and thoughts to her at such a sad time.

“We will keep you updated of any information in regards to any future funeral arrangements .

“Jim – you were a true legend .A Labour comrade who I was proud to call my friend and we will all miss you so very much.”

We asked for a few words from some Huntingdon Labour members.

Ann Beevor: “We have lost a Labour party champion”

Bob Jewell: “Jim was a colossus in the party. He was its leader and inspiration for many years”

Samuel Wakeford: “He was a true gentleman”

Patrick Kadewere: “He was my hero”

Angela Hogan: “He was a fantastic campaigner for the party and a decent man”

Rob Leach: “My election guru”

Newspaper piece on Jim and Thelma's retirement

We also had this touching appreciation of Jim from the Godmanchester Magazine