Death of former councillor

John Lafferty
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FORMER Newarthill councillor John Lafferty died last Wednesday at the age of 67.

Mr Lafferty, who served the village on Motherwell District Council from 1992 and then North Lanarkshire Council after reorganisation in 1996 until 2007. became ill after a fall.

The accident saw the development of a blood clot on his brain which was treated at the Southern General, before he was moved to the high dependency ward at Wishaw General.

He had seemed to be making a good recovery and was moved to a regular ward when sadly it is thought he contracted pneumonia.

A former steelworker at Clydesdale tube works and fierce trade unionist he enjoyed a long friendship with Mossend and Holytown councillor Jimmy Coyle.

He said: “John was a great friend of mine having known him for 46 years, not only in politics but were also together in the steelworks and then the Children’s Unit.

“He was heavily involved with the union and when he moved into politics he was an excellent councillor for the people of Newarthill.

“It seemed he was getting better after his fall and it was very sad when I heard he had died.”

A minute’s silence was held before the full meeting of North Lanarkshire Council last Thursday.

Provost Tom Curley said: “Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family.”

There was a large turnout for Mr Lafferty’s funeral held in St Francis Xavier in Carfin on Saturday. He is survived by two sons and a daughter.