TRIBUTES have poured in for the ‘popular’ former Mayor of Caerphilly County Borough Council, Angus Donaldson, who passed away on Sunday (July 27).

The 87-year-old, described as ‘great character’ by those who knew him, was a popular figure in the community The former longstanding Bedwas, Trethomas and Machen councillor for the Independent party was a former Mayor of Caerphilly County Borough Council in 2001 and 2002 and also served on Mid Glamorgan County Council.

His wife Barbara Donaldson said: “He was very well known and was the Father Christmas for many years in all of the schools.

“When he left he was given a pewter tankard-he was very popular.

“Everybody loved him; he had a zest for life.

“He loved people and he loved politics.

“The tributes that are coming in have been incredible.”

His wife added that the father of three was in the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy, joining as a boy in 1943 and serving until 1950.

“He used to wear a Deerstalker,” Mrs Donaldson continued.

“He was an extrovert and loved being noticed.”

Angus passed away early hours of July 27 at Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport.

Cllr Keith Reynolds, the Leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council, paid tribute to the ‘colourful character.’ “Angus will be greatly missed by all those who had the pleasure of knowing him,” he said.

“He was a colourful character who became synonymous with his trademark Deerstalker hat, but beneath the outward persona was man truly dedicated to his community.

“His passing will be a major loss to the whole community and our thoughts and sympathies are with the family during this sad time.”

Independent cllr Anne Blackman for the Nelson ward also paid tribute to the ‘nice councillor’ who helped her in her first years in the role.

“I was saddened to hear about his death,” she said.

“I became a councillor in 1995 and in my fist year I remember him as being very helpful.

“He was very informative, a great character.

“I think he will be sadly missed by everyone.”

The flag of the county will be placed on his coffin.

The funeral will take place at 10.30am on August 9 at St Thomas’ Church in Bedwas