A FORMER Olympian and passionate peace campaigner has died just two weeks after his beloved wife passed away.

Stanley Jones, 91, died last Thursday, May 18, exactly two weeks after the death of his wife Georgina, 89.

For the past few years the couple lived in St Marks Nursing Home in Maidenhead, but had spent most of their life in Cookham where they were well known for their passionate socialist beliefs.

Mr and Mrs Jones moved to Cookham from London more than 50 years ago, living in Roman Lea and High Road.

They were both members of the CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament) and of the Cookham Labour Party.

They took part in the first London to Aldermaston CND protest march in 1958, and up until 2001, Mr Jones served as a Labour representative of Cookham Parish Council where for some 12 years he promoted sports and footpaths.

Mike Wellman, vice-chairman of the council, said: "He was a lovely man. I often used to see him walking across the park and he would always stop and talk to me.

"I knew him when he was a parish councillor in the 90s. When I became a councillor we had a vacancy at the council and so we co-opted Stan back onto it because he knew a great deal about Cookham and was a very strong Labour man."

Politics was not Mr Jones' only passion. He was also a great advocate of sport and ran the marathon in the 1948 London Olympic Games.

For some 20 years he worked as a teacher for Holyport Manor Special School in Ascot Road, Holyport, Maidenhead.

Mr Wellman said: "When he lived in Cookham and worked in Holyport he would run to school in the morning. He loved anything to do with sport. He used to walk and run everywhere."

Before his move to the nursing home he used to walk every day from his home in High Road to the village shops, wearing his trademark hat.

His wife Georgina, who was known as "the life and soul of the Labour party", was also a teacher, at Holy Trinity School in Cookham.

Mr Jones will be cremated at Amersham Crematorium on Tuesday, May 30.