Former Councillor dies

Bill Luffman

Bill Luffman

Bill Luffman, one of Eastleigh’s longest serving Labour Party stalwarts and a former councillor has died.

Eastleigh Labour party has released the following statement:

Eastleigh Labour Party is sad to announce that former Eastleigh Borough Councillor, Bishopstoke Parish Councillor and active Trade Unionist Bill Luffman passed away this morning.

Bill was a Labour Party member for many years and was one of the longer serving Constituency Secretaries.

He was well-known and respected for representing the views of local people. Arguably his most high profile battle was to protect the Leigh Road recreation ground in Eastleigh from development, a battle that continues today with the announcement of the redevelopment of the Sainsburys store in the town centre.

Bill will be missed by his family and friends.

Peter Luffman, Bill’s nephew, continues to serve as a Labour Parish Councillor.

  13 comments for “Former Councillor dies

  1. January 6, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Bill was a hard working councillor
    and will sadly missed by all.

    God Bless


  2. January 6, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    “Stalwart” is often misused, but perfectly apt in Bill’s case. Thoughts are with his family and friends.

  3. Anne Romaine
    January 6, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Sad to hear of Bill’s passing.

    One small correction Steve – Pete Luffman is Bill’s nephew not brother

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      January 6, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      Corrected, thanks.

  4. Keith House
    January 6, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Bill’s passing is really sad news.

    He was a great sparring partner as a councillor for ten years, from recollection being elected on the same day together in 1991.

    Bill was one of the few opposition councillors who could hold the Council administration to account.

    There were many things we didn’t agree on, but Bill always worked hard, and could see the funny side too.

  5. Brian Norgate
    January 6, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    I worked with Bill in the Railway works and as union officers, we regularly travelled to meetings in London and all over the south.

    During the 2005 General Election Bill worked so hard for the Labour party across the constituency was known by so many people who
    Bill helped or shared his Labour values.

    I was working with Bill to the end – after Bill lost his Council seat, Bill started a Pensioners group and came to us for funding, Bill asked me to second his request and the Unite union supplied the money for the meetings Bill held and some day trips.

    The Branch officers Mark Wood and Ian Woodland send their thoughts to Bill’s family,

    Chris Watt our PPC in 2005 sent this message:

    “I was very proud to work with Bill. He was a true Champion of his Community and will be rightly remembered for his hard work on behalf of the people of Eastleigh, especially during his time a councillor. He will be sadly missed by us in the Labour Party and beyond.”

  6. Peter Stewart
    January 6, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    A little bit of the old Eastleigh which we all fondly remember, has just passed!

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      January 6, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      I’m afraid a little bit of the old Labour party we all fondly remember has passed as well.

  7. January 7, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Its always sad to read of the passing of a man who dedicated himself to the people and politics of Eastleigh. I hope the council honours his memory in a fitting way.

    God bless.

  8. bill luffman [son]
    January 9, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    the family of bill luffman would like to thank all of the people that have left kind messages on this page.

    • sandra homer
      January 12, 2012 at 7:23 am

      Dad, how lovely to read all these lovely comments. We knew you were so well respected but everyday more things happen and it comes to light just how much. On behalf of my dad, Bill luffman, I thank you all. Sandra x

  9. Sam Snook
    January 18, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Bill-you will always be remembered.
    God Bless

  10. Hayley Saines
    January 20, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Rest in peace Grandie. Your eldest daughter Lynda Says She will ALWAYS LOVE YOU x x
    Love from Your family you didnt get to see Hayley, Nikki, sarah great grandchildren Abbie jessica, Byron aand Libby…They would have loved to have met you, As they heard so much about you from your daughter Lynda

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