Celebrating the life of a determined champion of the City of Southampton: Jack Candy, 1921 – 2017.

Born in Swaythling in Southampton in 1921, Jack Vernon Candy started work at the age of 14 as an apprentice toolmaker in the Supermarine Spitfire works in Woolston. His first wage was 6 shillings and 3 pence a week. Along with hundreds of other Sotonians, he continued to play his part in the production of Spitfires throughout the height of the Blitz.

Jack 1948?

Jack in 1948

Jack began his more formal involvement in the life of the City as Councillor for Sholing Ward in 1971. He served in this role for 17 years, becoming the 764th Mayor of Southampton in 1986, following the 762nd mayorality of his wife Irene.


Irene in 1948

Jack and Irene shared a strong sense of “being part of the community, and serving the community” and their common values were the foundation of a long and happy marriage, four children, four grandchildren and to date, one great grandson.

Jack’s innate belief in the importance of community and “civic pride” was unfailing: he championed Southampton causes and assisted fellow citizens to successfully navigate local authority procedures, long after he ceased to be a councillor. His achievements are many and varied.  For example: the Hawthorns Urban Wildlife Centre on The Common was Jack’s idea and which he brought to fruition. The need for a suitable Spitfire memorial was close to his heart. The City of Southampton Society (COSS) and the Southampton Commons and Parks Protection Society (SCAPPS) benefited enormously from his determination and tireless activity to safeguard the heritage and environment of the City. Jack singlehandedly raised over £70,000 towards the cost of the construction of the Queen’s Peace Fountain in Andrews Park in Southampton City centre, which was completed in 2001. Sadly, Irene did not live to see the fountain project completed.

Jack passed away peacefully in January this year, at the very impressive age of 95.

Jack and Irene are both much missed by family and friends.

This is Jack’s Blog, ‘Jacks Spot’, which he began in 2010, at the age of 88.

Please take a look around.



A Civic Memorial Ceremony celebrating Jack’s life and many achievements was held at The Peace Fountain on 1st September 2017, attended by friends, colleagues and family members.

The following is a simple visual record of the memorial ceremony, which took place on a beautiful sunny afternoon in Andrews Park, and later in Southampton’s Civic Centre.

Memorial ceremony: view of Fountain

A view of The Queens Peace Fountain and participants gathering for the memorial ceremony in Andrews Park at 2pm on September 1st, 2017.

Mayor Speaking small

Councillor Les Harris, The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Southampton speaking.

Choir Performing small

The Celebration Choir from Southampton Choral Society performing one of their three choral contributions.

Fiona Speaking small 3

Fiona, Jack and Irene’s daughter, speaking.

Fiona speaking 7 small

Arthur Jeffery, Chair of City of Southampton Society

Arthur Jeffery, Chair of City of Southampton Society (COSS) and Southampton Commons and Parks Protection Society (SCAPPS).

Mayor Leaving small

The Mayor and Sherrif returning to Civic Centre across the park, after the ceremony.

Tea and Cake small

Back in the Mayor’s Parlour for more reminiscing, over tea and cake.

Many thanks to Lisa Sillence, Team Leader – Member Services, Southampton City Council, for planning and managing the memorial ceremony so perfectly.


The Order of Ceremony can be found here:

JACK CANDY MEMORIAL order of ceremony

The Southampton Choral Society have recordings of their repertoire, including the songs performed at this ceremony, here:


City of Southampton Society: http://www.coss.org.uk

Southampton Commons and Parks Protection Society http://www.scapps.org.uk

Jack was a long time supporter and member of the Open Spaces Society and you can see more about the work of the Society here: http://www.oss.org.uk

Online version of an article printed in The Echo on 31st August 2017 can be found here:





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