Tribute paid to east end community stalwart 'Mr Parkhead' who dedicated life to 'making a difference'

John Ferguson MBE died in hospital last week.
-Credit: (Image: Parkhead Housing Association)

Parkhead Housing Association (PHA) has paid tribute to its founder and honorary president John Ferguson MBE.

The much-loved community stalwart - born in 1939 - is understood to have died in hospital on Monday (June 24) leaving those who knew him heartbroken.

Determined to improve living standards in the east end, John played a key role in establishing PHA back in July 1977. It was formed after residents in Parkhead wanted to improve the quality of homes in the community.

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John, who had a "strong desire to make a difference", gave his life to public service and was on the housing association's board for 45 years.

PHA paid tribute on social media, and wrote: "John was the figurehead as PHA played a crucial role in the regeneration of the Parkhead area, developing and growing into the strong and sustainable organisation it is today.

"The impact of the housing association in Parkhead will undoubtedly be John's legacy."

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In recognition of his tireless work, John was awarded the MBE in June 2000 for services to the housing association movement.

PHA CEO, Aileen McGuire added: "We are devastated to lose a member of the Parkhead family. We owe a debt of gratitude to John for his commitment to the association over his many years of service and his dedication to the Parkhead community.

"John was such a big character and such an important person in our history, he will be sorely missed."

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