Council statement – Godfrey Olson OBE
It is with great sadness that the Council announces the death of Godfrey Olson OBE.
Godfrey Olson, who was Leader of the Conservative Group on Eastleigh Borough Council, was also the longest serving Borough Councillor in the country having served for 61 years when he retired from the Council in 2016.
He first joined the Council in 1955 and throughout that time had represented the Chandler’s Ford and Hiltingbury area of the borough. He was Mayor of the Borough on three different occasions in 1961-62, 1976-77 and 1997-98 and was made a Freeman of the Borough in 1977. In 1994 he received an OBE for his services to the community. He was also awarded the Honorary Alderman of Eastleigh in recognition of the years of service to the Borough.
Mayor of Eastleigh, Cllr Darshan Mann, said “We are all deeply saddened by the news that Godfrey has passed away. He was a highly respected and a great servant to the residents of the Borough of Eastleigh. Our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time.”
The funeral will be held at 1pm on 2nd August at St. Boniface Church, Hursley Road, Chandler’s Ford.