A former Lord Mayor of Birmingham described as the “mainstay” of Labour party politics has died at the age of 92.
Albert Jackson was also the former chairman of Aston Science Park and past president of the Rotary Club of Birmingham.
The successful businessman had been born into a struggling family of seven in a terraced house in the shadow of Winson Green Prison.
When Mr Jackson became Lord Mayor in 1975, he made a farewell visit to the Franklin Street house, his home for 21 years, before it was demolished as part of a housing redevelopment.
At the time he said: “My father was a tram driver and my mother had to struggle incredibly hard to keep us in good clothing.
“Although I passed my 11-plus, my parents could not afford to send me to grammar school, so I had to leave school when I was 14 to work in the building trade.”
Mr Jackson, who lived in Bredon, Worcestershire, and died on May 25, said his first experiences had coloured his political beliefs.
“I think it was the feeling of being trapped in my environment that led me to be a Socialist,” he said.
Coun Sir Albert Bore, leader of the council’s Labour group, paid tribute to the “well-known figure” whose last ward of Rotton Park he inherited in the boundary changes of 1982.
The Ladywood councillor said: “He was always a guy with a lightheartedness in his approach to things but he was also a very skillful operator.’’
Mr Jackson leaves wife Gladys, children Anita and Robert, a grandson and two great-grandchildren. His funeral is at Lodge Hill Crematorium, on June 8.