HE has been described as one of the most popular town mayors Neath has ever seen.
And tributes have been paid to highly respected town councillor Gurcharan Singh who died at his home at Ridgewood Gardens, Cimla, at the weekend following an illness.
In May, Mr Singh, who was known as George, was made Neath town mayor for the second time. His daughter Ravinda Dosangh was his mayoress.
Deputy mayor Mark Fisher said: "I knew George for a very long time.
"He was a very active member of the Neath North ward and was very well liked and highly respected.
"He was a gentleman. Nobody had a bad word to say against him.
"He will be sadly missed, both as a town councillor and as town mayor. I think he was one of the most popular mayors Neath town has ever had."
Mr Fisher said that, as a mark of respect, he would suggest that the office of mayor should remain unchanged until the town council's annual meeting next May.
Mr Singh's death comes just weeks after the loss of another long-serving and popular councillor, Malcolm Gunter.
Neath Port Talbot Council deputy leader Peter Rees said: "I was really saddened to hear about George.
"He was a very nice man. He loved his photography and would always be seen taking photographs at events.
"As well as knowing him through the Labour Party, I also knew him through the Swansea Bay Race Equality Council when I was its vice-chairman. He brought people together. Everybody liked him. He was a true ambassador of Neath."
Cimla councillor John Warman added: "It's a sad loss to the community.
"He was really respected and everyone thought the world of him.
"I will remember him with affection and my thoughts are with his family."
A service will take place in Llanelli Crematorium at 10am on Thursday, then afterwards at the Sikh Temple in Llansamlet.