Jim White -2011

It is with great sadness we have to inform you of the sad death of Jim White who passed away in September 2011 in Frimley Park Hospital after a short illness.

Jim was a proud socialist and trade unionist who always fought on the side of the underdog. He was born in 1936 in the West End of Aldershot. Jim attended West End School and was a proud ‘WEB’ – a West End Boy. After leaving school he had a number of jobs, including a brief spell as a coalminer in Staffordshire, before being called to his national service with Royal Hampshire Regiment, with whom he saw service in Malaya in the 1950’s.

While he decided not to stay in the army full time, his experiences stayed with him throughout his life, and he became a firm supporter of forces and veterans charities such as his regimental association and the Royal British Legion.

Returning to Aldershot, he became an engineer with the Post Office – later British Telecom – with whom he stayed until his retirement. While working for the company his union involvement grew until he became a full-time organiser of the CWU. He was a member of the union for over 40 years.

Jim was first voted onto Aldershot Borough Council in the 1960’s, and became a Rushmoor Councillor when the new borough was set up in 1973. He served on Rushmoor from 1973-76, 1982-90 and 1995-2002. He served as a councillor for a total of 21 years. In 2000-2001 he served as Mayor of Rushmoor.

He continued to serve the community, acting as Chairman of the My North Town Project Residents Group and in support of the Labour Party and acted as ‘unpaid’ assistant to the Rushmoor Labour Group. He served for many years as Steward at the Annual Labour Party Conference and last year was honoured for his many years service to the Labour movement at a special party organised by Labour Leader Ed Miliband at the party conference in Manchester.

ln addition to his important service to the Labour movement, Jim also serves as a distinguished magistrate for many years. Sport was another passion of Jim’s, he was a life long support of Aldershot Town FC and he also followed Manchester United. He was President of the Rushmoor Gymnastics Academy and a past President of the Aldershot Town Boys Football Club. Jim also was a keen boxing enthusiast having boxed to ABA level during in time in national service. He boxed with the nickname ‘Willow the wisp’!

Jim White – life long socialist. We will miss you.