Great sadness for Bangor and Gwynedd in losing Plaid Cymru Councillor, Eddie Dogan

27/01/2016

It is with sadness that Plaid Cymru Councillors in Gwynedd announce the passing of long standing Bangor Councillor, Eddie Dogan. Plaid Cymru Gwynedd group extend their deepest sympathies to the family of recently retired Plaid Cymru Councillor for Dewi Ward, Bangor - Eddie Dogan.

Eddie Dogan retired from his position as Councillor due to ill health last September after serving the community of Coed Mawr with passion for over 40 years. He was recognised locally as the father of the City Council and served as Mayor of the City on two occasions. He also represented the area on Bangor City Corporation, the now disbanded Arfon Borough Council and had been the representative on Gwynedd Council since the reorganisation of local government in 1996.

In 1995 his hard work and unstinting determination to support and develop his community was recognised by the City Council and he was presented the honour of the Freedom of the City of Bangor.

A dedicated and active member of the Catholic Church at St James in Bangor, his work for the church as well as for the community was recognised in 2004 when he was awarded the Benemerenti medal with a citation from Pope John Paul II. He was also an avid supporter of Bangor City Football Club, where he also once played. He shared his enthusiasm for the City Club wherever he went.

Plaid Cymru leader on Gwynedd Council, Dyfed Edwards said: “It was an honour to work with Eddie over the years and to have him as a member of the Plaid Cymru Group on Gwynedd Council. As his colleagues and friends, we extend our condolences to his family, friends and the community of Coed Mawr, Bangor.

“He left the Labour Group in 2005 and it was a privilege to welcome him to the Plaid Cymru Group. Over the years he showed sheer dedication towards creating a better environment for the citizens of Bangor to live, work and enjoy over a vast number of years.

His dedication to developing all that encompasses Bangor and the promotion of the city was second to none. His direct attitude and confident approach was the same whoever and wherever he addressed people. He was a constant reminder to all council members of the purpose of the roles they are honoured to hold.

There will be a huge loss in his passing, and we extend our deepest sympathies to the whole family in their bereavement.” Councillor Dyfed Edwards concluded.

Fellow Bangor Councillor John Wynn Jones said: “As a fledgling Councillor with little awareness of the protocols of Council in 1995, I was grateful for the guidance that Councillor Dogan was so willing to share with me. His values and dedication to nurturing those values in others was a great quality.

“I am saddened to hear of his passing and extend my sympathies and those of fellow Bangor Councillors to his friends and family. His loyalty and attendance at City and County Council meetings is a lesson to each and everyone of us who are honoured to represent local people across Wales today. This is a sad day for Bangor and Gwynedd,” added Cllr Jones.