Tributes to a loyal worker
PUBLISHED: 11:53 28 April 2006 | UPDATED: 21:51 28 May 2010
THE former Isle of Ely Labour Party agent during six general elections, Arthur Fahy, has died aged 79. A life-long Labour supporter, he was also an active member of the March branch of the National Union of Railwaymen. Mr Fahy, of Estover Road, March, joi
THE former Isle of Ely Labour Party agent during six general elections, Arthur Fahy, has died aged 79.
A life-long Labour supporter, he was also an active member of the March branch of the National Union of Railwaymen.
Mr Fahy, of Estover Road, March, joined the Labour movement in the 1960s, along with many other railwaymen in the town. As well as being an agent in six general elections he also dealt with district and county council elections.
Recently recalling election meetings at March Labour Hall, he said: "Some of them were to packed houses, but there were others where the only ones there were the caretaker and his dog.
"People don't want to attend meetings now, not like they used to when there was an election."
Fred Clark, of March, was a Labour member of the former Isle of Ely County Council, Fenland District Council and March Town Council. He described Mr Fahy as a loyal party worker.
He said: "In those days we had over 300 members and Arthur was a jolly good chap. It is sad now that it is disbanded."
Mr Fahy was born and educated in Peterborough. After leaving school he became a railway signalman. He continued working on the railway during the war as it was considered essential work.
He settled in March and worked at Whitemoor Junction signalbox, although he carried out relief duties elsewhere. Mr Fahy married Sarah (Sally) in 1952. He retired from the railway at the age of 60.
As well as his political interests, Mr Fahy was well-known for his involvement with other organisations. He enjoyed playing short mat bowls at the GER and served as secretary and treasurer of the club.
He was secretary of the Over Sixties Club for 16 years but was forced to give up the position through ill health. He had worked hard to keep the club going when numbers fell.
The funeral service will take place on Wednesday at Peterborough Crematorium (1pm).