FRIENDS, family and colleagues said a final farewell to a “champion of the people.”
The funeral of Oscar Mathieson, former chair of North Wales Housing Association management board and Bangor deputy clerk, was held at Bangor Crematorium on Tuesday.
He later served Bangor City Council as clerk for a spell in the 1990s.
Paul Diggory, North Wales Housing Association chief executive, said: “He was a real champion of the people and I can’t remember a single occasion when he went against his values and principles.”
“Oscar’s knowledge and enthusiasm for housing was always impressive.
He added: “Oscar was a very principled man, a strong character but who showed real empathy for people; his work at Maesgeirchen right up to the end of his life demonstrated his desire to help others, whether it was through improving their homes or their prospects in life.”
Councillor Derek Hainge said Mr Mathieson’s appointment as deputy clerk to the old Bangor Council in 1972 was “one of the better decisions “ the authority made.
He added: “Oscar threw himself into Bangor to such an extent that within 12 months of him coming here, he was giving lectures and after dinner speeches on the history of Bangor.
“That’s the sort of man he was - he threw himself into whatever he did.”
Mr Mathieson was later appointed as chief housing officer at the old Arfon Council, and cllr Hainge said he became an authority in the field within a year, despite having no previous experience in the field.
Cllr Hainge added: “He had a really sharp mind, and I’m very pleased to say that sharp mind stayed there right to the moment that he died.
“I think Bangor will be a poorer place without him.”
Cllr Eddie Dogan praised Mr Mathieson’s service to communities such as Maesgeirchen, Glanadda and Coed Mawr.
A minute’s silence was held at the meeting for Mr Mathieson.
Cllr Doug Madge, mayor of Bangor, was among the mourners at Mr Mathieson’s funeral.