Tributes to ‘kind and passionate’ former Guildford mayor

Tributes have been paid to a “kind and passionate” former Guildford mayor who served the community as a councillor for nearly a quarter of a century.

Guildford Borough Council confirmed “with great sadness” that Jenny Jordan died on Tuesday (February 9).

Mayor of Guildford, councillor Richard Billington, said his colleague would be “sadly missed”.

He said: “We were deeply saddened to hear of the death of Jenny Jordan and our thoughts are with her family and friends at this difficult time.

“Jenny served our community as a councillor for an incredible 24 years and was committed to helping residents in our borough.

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“She was kind and passionate and really cared for her ward and borough residents, always wanting the best for them.”

Cllr Jordan was mayor for two terms, in 2008 to 2009 and 2012 to 2013, during the 2012 London Olympics.

Cllr Billington added: “Jenny was particularly kind and helpful to newly elected councillors and she will be sadly missed. Our thoughts are with her family.”

She was first elected as a councillor in 1987 and represented the Merrow and Burpham ward for eight years until 1995.

Cllr Jordan served on a number of committees, including the former arts and recreation committee, building and works committee and housing and health committee.

She also worked as a teacher at George Abbot School in Guildford.

Tributes from those who knew her have been offered via social media.

On the council’s post about Cllr Jordan, one person commented: “I’m so sorry to hear this. Jenny was a wonderful lady. A brilliant and very hard-working teacher at George Abbot School, and fun to be with (we volunteered together at the pancake races in Guildford High Street). She will be sadly missed. Condolences to her family and friends.”

Another wrote: “My geography and form teacher at George Abbot in the late 80s. A lovely lady. RIP x”

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