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Jack Candy – Queens Peace Fountain 1st September 2017

Monday 4th September 2017

Jack Candy who passed away on the 18th January 2017 aged 95, was the 764th Mayor of Southampton in 1986 following his wife Irene who became Mayor in 1984. When he was Mayor he had a special replica of a 15th century mayor’s hat made. It was Jack Candy who had an idea that the City of Southampton Society (CoSS) should fund a memorial to the Southampton based members of the crew of the Titanic who perished on that ship. He was well known for campaigning for the protection of the Parks in Southampton. He also campaigned for a suitable plaque to the Grade II listed headstone called Faith, Hope and Charity in the Old Cemetery, which recently FoSOC had mounted onto a wooden block. The Queens Peace Fountain in East Park, would not exist without Jack’s persistent and determination and he alone raised £70,000 towards the construction. With speeches from both the Mayor of Southampton; Cllr. Les Harris and Arthur Jeffery, Chair of CoSS and a reading about the life of ‘Jack and Irene’ by his daughter Fiona Candy. Music came from the Southampton Choral Society. On what was a beautiful warm sunny afternoon, the Queens Peace Fountain was just the right setting for a memorial ceremony to Jack Candy.